Raila blocked DP Ruto in the hiring of IEBC officials when he was PM, says CS Keter
06 June 2016, 11:53
Narok - Energy Cabinet Secretary Charles Keter has claimed that the Deputy President William Ruto had no hand in the appointment of the current commissioners of Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC).
Keter said that CORD leader Raila Odinga when he was the Prime Minister in the grand coalition government, used all the means to ensure that Ruto, who was then Eldoret North MP and a member of ODM, does not participate in the hiring process.
“The current IEBC commissioners were appointed by Raila and retired President Mwai Kibaki and Jubilee leaders were not involved in the hiring process. When we realized that we had nothing to contribute in their appointment, we said well and fine. Referee is a referee and we played our game well and beat Raila and his team hands down in the 2013 general election,” said Keter, who spoke at a fundraiser in aid of Samoei Kiptenden Girls Secondary School’s dormitory in Narok County over the weekend.
He said they should stop wasting time fighting for the removal of the IEBC commissioners and instead concentrate on how they will win the next year’s general election, saying demonstration cannot make anyone to win.
“They should know that the next poll is already done. As Jubilee, we are now concentrating on 2022 when DP Ruto will vie for the presidency,” he said.
Keter said even if the opposition has decided to hold demonstrations, they should do it in a peaceful manner rather bringing the country into confusion.
“The law is very clear on how to remove IEBC officials and as the Jubilee government we believe in the rule of law. That's why we have urged the opposition use the right method to remove these commissioners,” said Keter.
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The CS urged the opposition to avoid engaging in actions that may lead the country to tribal divisions and violence.
“We don’t want a recurrence of post election violence like the one witnessed in 2007 general elections over the disputed presidential results. As leaders we need to preach peace and unity among all the people regardless of tribe, race or clans,” he remarked.
Similar sentiments were echoed by National Council for Persons with Disabilities chairman David ole Sankok saying that said the former premier should be blamed for the bringing in the IEBC officials during his time in the grand coalition government.
Speaking to the News24 in Narok town, Sankok said Raila and Kibaki are the ones who brought the IEBC commissioners.
“Raila should carry his own cross because they sat with Kibaki and decide to settle on the current electoral body and President Kenyatta and DP Ruto were nowhere at that time. So Raila should blame himself and Kibaki for the mess,” said Sankok.
He added that Kenyans had decided to work with the new electoral team in which Cord leader appointed and it is unfortunate that you are the one who is fronting for its removal.
“It is sad that you have been fighting leaders who do not favour you but we need leaders who are fair and impartial. Raila is sensing another defeat in the next year general elections and he wants to use all the means to ensure that the elections are not conducted peaceful but we are telling him that Kenyans are wiser than him,” said Sankok.
He advised him to retire from politics and leave it to the young people instead of engaging on issues which will not change Kenyans.
But on Tuesday while attending a burial in Narok County, Raila said of the IEBC commissioners: "I did not know they were bad and easily manipulated because they were good at first but they changed later.”
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