NAIROBI, Kenya, Apr 23 – Legislators from the Jubilee Coalition have poured scorn on a two-part investigative story aired by KTN which exposed intrigues surrounding last year’s presidential election.
Led by the Leader of the Majority Coalition in the National Assembly Aden Duale, the legislators stated that the story was a scheme sponsored by the opposition CORD coalition and civil society organisations to set the stage for the disbandment of the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission.
Duale explained that IEBC is a creation of the Constitution and the current commissioners were appointed by former President Mwai Kibaki and CORD leader Raila Odinga who was then Prime Minister.
“That so called investigative journalism is a scheme by CORD coalition, the civil society and some sections of the media and their strategy is to set the stage for the disbandment of the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission,” he claimed.
He stated that CORD was involved in setting up of constitutional institutions including the electoral body and said that if they wanted to dissolve it, they should follow the laid down regulations.
“So CORD was involved in the formation of all the institutions they want to smear including IEBC, The Supreme Court, the CIC and we know that they are setting the stage for dissolving the IEBC and we are telling them that the way to dissolve the commission is well stated in the Constitution,” he stated.
“IEBC did the elections of 2013 under Article 88 as their mandate and that is why today we have the Senate, National Assembly, County Assemblies, Governors and President and Deputy President and if you are dissatisfied with that, then the Constitution is clear and that is why we have petitions everywhere.”
His sentiments were echoed by Elgeyo Marakwet Senator, Kipchumba Murkomen who stated that CORD does not have the moral high ground to talk about the management of elections while there were more important issues like the country’s development agenda.
“It is important for CORD to do an internal search to be able to give beneficial information to the public and to assist by giving alternatives to the policies of Jubilee than to always run back to the elections issue when the discourse should be about the management of our country,” he said.
He stressed that Kenyans deserved better “than cock and bull stories laced with unending commentaries.”
“We have credible evidence of CORD architects, some civil society groups and media players involved in this charade. Some of them have also been actively trying to malign the leadership of the country as far as the ICC cases are concerned,” he stated.
When reached for comment by Capital FM News, ODM acting party leader Prof Anyang’Nyong’o dismissed the allegations as baseless. “It is quite naive of them to think that. We would have to be a supernatural entity to do what they are purporting. They should address the issues raised on a point by point basis and stop resorting to the intimidation by security agencies on the media houses. It is not right to blame everything that happens on CORD.’