BREAKING: Wetang'ula cleared by IEBC
19 January 2016, 14:13
Bungoma - Bungoma Senator, Moses Wetang'ula can now sigh with relief after the electoral body ruled that there is no justifiable reason to strike his name out of voters' register over electoral malpractices.
A special Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) team chaired by Commissioner Thomas Letangule on Tuesday ruled that there is no law that can bar the Senator from contesting in elections.
“There is no justifiable reason to strike off the name of Wetang'ula from the IEBC voters list,” said Letangule, amid cheers from politicians and members of the public who had jammed Mililimani Law courts to hear the verdict.
The IEBC had formed a special team to give Wetang’ula an opportunity to show cause why action should not be taken against him, after the Supreme Court upheld a decision that found him guilty of voter bribery charges.
Other members of the committee included Commissioners Lilian Mahiri-Zaja (IEBC Vice Chairperson) and Mohamed Alawi.
On October 23, Senate Speaker Ekwe Ethuro publicized the Supreme Court ruling pursuant to section 87 (3) of the Election Act in respect of electoral offences committed.
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The committee sat last week at the same venue and gave Wetang’ula and his lawyers an opportunity to argue out his case. Today was the day the committee was releasing its verdict.
Earlier during the day, tension was high at the court, after police were deployed to control supporters of Wetang’ula and other Cord leaders including Raila Odinga and Kalonzo Musyoka who had turned up at Milimani in Solidarity with the beleaguered Senator.
Speaking after the ruling, elated Wetang’ula welcomed the ruling and said he is happy to be off the hook.
“It was a long torturous road for me. It is said that the darkest night is followed by daylight. In my community, we say lightning doesn’t strike the same place twice. I am happy with the judgment and the team that handled my case because they have dispensed justice regardless of the political environment,” he said.
Wetang’ula thanked his co-Principals Raila and Kalonzo, and other leaders for standing with him and promised that they will stick together until the 2017 general elections.
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