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    Ruto Finally Speaks on Cherera’s Dismissal and Criticizes Raila

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    On Friday, November 25, President William Ruto and Azimio La Umoja party leader Raila Odinga engaged in a heated internet exchange.

    The president requested that Raila refrain from participating in legislative proceedings and provide legislators the opportunity to carry out their constitutional duty to remove dissident commissioners of the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC).

    Raila has said that the president was plotting a mission of vengeance against his political enemies.

    The president fired back at Raila, saying the ODM Party leader was to blame for the country’s woes. For the first time in public, Ruto addressed the impeachment of Juliana Cherera, Irene Masit, Justus Nyang’aya, and Francis Wanderi, the four commissioners.

    Raila wasted no time firing out at Ruto, accusing him of preoccupying himself with petty issues.

    On Thursday, November 24, opposition leaders including Raila, Kalozo Musyoka, and Martha Karua stated that Ruto was conducting a witch hunt against those who did not support his presidential run on August 9.

    The petitions filed against the four senior IEBC officers were singled out by Azimio leaders as emblematic of the Kenya Kwanza’s assault on perceived political opponents.
    Moreover, opposition leaders said that Ruto was attacking institutions that, in the regime’s view, did not toe the line when it came to its election rhetoric.

    The four IEBC commissioners, according to Raila, were singled out because they voiced concerns about the procedure that resulted in the declaration of Ruto as president.

    On Thursday, November 24, violent events rocked the hearing of four petitions brought before the JLAC committee of the National Assembly as MPs linked to Azimio rushed out of proceedings.

    Earlier, the opposition MPs, headed by minority chief whip Junet Mohammed, tried their best to halt the proceedings by taking the side of the lawyers representing the four commissioners, who wanted the appeals stricken down on technicalities.
    Because of their disagreement with the presidential election results announced by IEBC chairman Wafula Chebukati, the petitioners are demanding that the four commissioners be removed from office.

    Moments before Chebukati announced William Ruto the winner in August 2022, the four denounced the last stages of the vote verification and counting process as “opaque” and distanced themselves from the results.

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