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Charman Chebukati threw a spanner in the works when he came out guns blazing to address Kenyans directly and expressed his frustrations as the IEBC boss. He confirmed that the IEBC is under siege with some commissioners serving vested political interests. An unusually assertive and visibly frustrated Chebuakati revealed that most of the decisions he has made before, as IEBC chairman, have been quashed by some rogue and irredeemably partisan commissioners! He also made it unequivocally clear that he will no longer tolerate situations where some of his commissioners who are not lawyers keep pushing him to accept actions that are against the law.
The archaic notion that dishing of top posts to individuals from various Kenyan communities benefits their entire communities is too outdated to sell in 2017. Uhuru cannot be allowed to launch rightfully qualified individuals employed in his gov't whenever he goes to Kisii but launches multi-billion projects whenever he goes to Central Kenya or Rift valley.
We either choose to clean the mess in our electoral systems once and for all, if we are to avoid a bungled election in future, or make botched elections the norm rather than the exception. we must make stealing of an election a very expensive, draining, distressing, mind-boggling and horrifying affair that the mere mention of the phrase "Bungled Election" will make people flinch and want to scatter. We must make it so terrifying that before any IEBC officials even contemplate of botching an election, they will be shaking like leaves in the wind and peeing in their panties.
One would expect the president and his men to relax and take their time to plan how they can get just a little more votes to top up their already full vote basket! Surely, is the president fearing that the over 8 million Kenyan adults, who purportedly gave him an unassailable lead of about 1.5 million over Raila, will change their mind overnight and vote otherwise?
The scale of evasiveness and impunity exhibited by this supposedly independent body, especially when the Supreme Court recently ordered scrutiny of its servers and original electoral documents, is not only numbing but absolutely mind-boggling. What is even more vexing is the fact that IEBC’s impunity seems to emanate from evidently powerful dark forces that have, hitherto, firmly held the electoral body and the entire country hostage. To make things worse, the international community has proved that democracy in third world countries only matters when the Western Powers’ interests are at stake.