By Peter Amunga
The process to fill four vacant positions at the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission is expected to start by the end of the week. H.E. Musalia Mudavadi is going to be a major player in the 2022 general elections. It therefore means he must be properly briefed and alert on what takes place at the IEBC.
Mudavadi’s interest in the ongoings at the electoral body is even made stronger because of two major things.
- Raila Odinga who heads a rival wing is constantly casting aspirations in the direction of the IEBC chair and wanting him replaced.
- The forth coming 2022 general election and the BBI referendum where IEBC will play a crucial role.
To underscore the first point, we saw yesterday, the Kakamega senator, Cleophas MALALA come out clearly to condemn ODM for trying to use tribal connotations to remove Chebukati the current chair. The IEBC is the only commission in Kenya led by a person from the Western region. In this country. Chebukati will need POLITICAL protection from POLITICAL leaders from his home region if he wants to survive. Musalia Mudavadi is the leader of the region where Chebukati hails from.
But the main reason why Musalia met Havi is being seen in the light of what Mudavadi said after yesterday’s meeting.
He is quoted by the People Daily Newspaper saying;
“The IEBC issue should be addressed promptly and inclusively because we do not have a luxury of time, any further delay will be a recipe for chaos.”
Mudavadi is a calm and collected politician who over a long period of time has been insisting that the IEBC be strengthened and given enough teeth to bite and power to conduct a free and fair electoral process.
Raila Odinga on the hand has always condemned the IEBC. In the recent times he condemned it for claiming that the referendum needs about 14 billion Kenyans shillings for it to be conducted. He went ahead to suggest that the whole commission needs to be overhauled…”
Raila has been at the forefront demanding the exit of the electoral body whenever he loses elections. There is rowing feeling, that blaming the referee whenever you lose is not proper. A person who has taken a strong stand on this is Law Society of kenya President Nelson Havi. He has been quoted saying;
“Perennial demands for and sometimes replacement of IEBC Commissioners in the quest to guarantee free and fair elections of the President is synonymous to changing the referee every time a team loses. Why not just replace the players and get those who can score without noise?” Nelson Havi penned
Musalaia Mudavadi and his teammates at the One Kenya Alliance will be watching carefully the process of appointing new commissioners at the IEBC. That is the main reasonMusalia will be meeting and holding discussions with legal minds like Nelson Havi and other political players in an effort to protect the process. It is important that Mudavadi, helps Kenyans to safeguard the gains they have made so far in ensuring they have an electoral body that functions. Many Kenyans agree with Havi, that it is time to change the players who like complaining about the referee to see if there will be free and fair elections.