Abdi Guliye, a commissioner on Kenya’s Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC), has detailed the efforts of Azimio la Umoja leaders and the National Security Advisory Council (NSAC) to sway the outcome of the August 9 elections in the hours before William Ruto was declared president-elect.
Affidavit submitted by Guliye on Saturday, August 27th, alleges that Azimio Executive Director Raphael Tuju and former Busia Senator Amos Wako offered presents to IEBC chairperson Wanyonyi Wafula Chebukati and the commissioners if they tempered the results in favor of Raila Odinga.
The day before the results were to be released, at 3am, the pair visited Chebukati, according to Guliye’s documentation. They were joined by a third individual, Kyalo Mbobu.
He continued, saying the team had indicated that tempered outcomes were necessary to maintain national stability.
Former Attorney General Wako admitted to Guliye that he had swayed election results in the past in favor of the current government, he said. Guliye claims that Wako said that a Ruto presidency would have thrown the nation into disarray and that moderates would be better for the country.
Moreover, Guliye said that, after the discussion with Tuju and Wako, the commissioners met with a delegation from the National Security Advisory Council (NSAC).
He detailed how the senior security personnel had informed the commissioners that they had serious matters to address with them since the stability of the nation hinged on their decisions in the hours before the President-elect was formally declared.
According to the commissioner, Kennedy Kihara, Principal Administrative Secretary in the Office of the President, was in charge of the delegation, which also included Lieutenant General Francis Omondi Ogolla, Kennedy Ogeto, the Solicitor General, and Inspector General of Police Hillary Mutyambai.
Only Kihara spoke throughout the whole meeting, and at the end of his talk, he said, “They sought from us a message that they could take back to the National Security Advisory Committee.”
The four commissioners who dissented, according to Guliye, shared the same opinion while remaining opposed to any effort to overturn the decision of the people.
He went on to say that the commissioners, lead by Cherera, asked the findings be edited after receiving them hours after meeting the security council team.
According to the commissioner, Chebukati did not agree with their requests, hence Ruto was declared the new president.