More info has emerged about the four-day retreat that the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) had in Mombasa for all of its officials in order to evaluate the commission’s handling of the poll held on August 9.
Here, Juliana Cherera and three other dissident commissioners experienced the fury of the staff after being booed.
According to Cherera’s statement to the press, the incident did take place, and she noted that her team received equal amounts of applause.
She blamed IEBC chairperson Wafula Chebukati, her boss, for failing to intervene when members of staff hurled insults at them amid the session’s tumult.
“Yes, I was booed. The other commissioners were booed too. But amidst the booing, some cheered for us.”
“The chairman was in attendance and watched silently as some clusters of staff booed us and he did not raise a finger to stop them,” she stated.
The head of the IEBC pointed out that this led to the kidnapping and intimidation of some innocent officials by authorities.
“The most unfortunate incident was the false accusation by commissioners and fellow staff – under oath, that exposed innocent hardworking staff to arbitrary arrests and abductions, intimidation and harassment by security agencies and political goons, and other forms of obstructing election officials from conducting their duties.”
“These shameless attacks amounting to election offenses were perpetrated by, among others, persons regarded as national leaders in full view of the whole nation and the world at large,” Chebukati stated.