Were IEBC officials pressured to free Wetangula?
20 January 2016, 13:02
Nairobi - Were IEBC officials bribed to release CORD leader Moses Wetangula?
It is understood that some Jubilee Coalition officials have been underwhelmed by the decision from the IEBC to release Wetangula despite being charged by the Supreme Court as well as High Court over voter bribery.
They state that there was full evidence to have Wetangula pay for voter bribery, which is an electoral offence punishable by being banished from the voters register.
A Jubilee MP from the Rift Valley who did not want to be named told News24 that the move to release Wetangula defied logic.
" We have to ask these questions because they are open and basic. How can a person adjudged by two of the highest courts in the country as having bribed votes be let loose by a much lesser Committee," the MP posed.
" There could have been an extra influence on the decision made by the Committee. It is sinister," the MP added.
Jubilee National Assembly majority leader Aden Duale on his part stressed that the decision, regardless of its merits or demerits will have to be taken in good faith.
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" We do not want to engage in stories of whether or not the decision is legitimate or not. What has happened is that the decision has been taken and we want to believe that heading towards the 2017 polls, we will have goodwill for the IEBC," he stated.
However, Thomas Letangule who chaired the Committee probing Wetangula explains that there was a serious vacuum in the law which meant that the Bungoma Senator could not be removed from the voters list.
" Nobody pressurised us, we look at the facts, we look at the law
and we balance those interests against interests of particular people
within the law," Letangule said.
" If we wanted as a body, we could have taken any decision we felt necessary but in the spirit of the law we did not," he added.
CORD leaders have also brushed off suggestions that the decision to let Wetangula go free was flawed.
" The law is there for all to read and see. They can conform the ruling if they want," Siaya Senator James Orengo who was the Bungoma Senator's lawyer said.
" The decision was made in the law."
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