Outgoing IEBC Chairperson Wafula Chebukati has told the IEBC Tribunal that 4 senior officials, including former Inspector General of Police Hillary Mutyambai and Vice Chief of Staff Lt General Francis Ogolla, still in office, tried to convince him not to declare William Ruto the president-elect.
Appearing before the Aggrey Muchelule-led panel probing the four suspended IEBC commissioners on Tuesday, Chebukati further claims that the quartet told him that the message was from the National Security Advisory Committee (NSAC).
”The message was that if I declared the final election results in favour of Hon William Samoei Ruto, as president-elect, the country is going to burn, and he proceeded to tell us that already skirmishes had started in the country, Kikuyus and Luos were already fighting. And he cited several slums including Kibera and Mathare, on the basis of what he termed betrayal by the Kikuyus.
”He went on to caution that if we proceeded with the declaration of Hon Ruto as the president-elect and chaos erupt, then the blood of the dead Kenyans would be on our hands. And he said all seven of us the Commissioners and myself would be held responsible.”
Mr. Chebukati’s claims could translate to treason charges against the individuals involved. The charges carry a death sentence in Kenya.