Abdi Guliye, a former commissioner of the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC), now asserts that they were instructed to declare Raila Odinga the winner or face a runoff just hours before declaring the results of the August 2022 presidential election.
Guliye stated in his testimony on Monday before the tribunal presided over by Justice Aggrey Muchelule that a group of four visitors requested an audience with all commissioners at around 10:00 a.m. on August 15, 2022, hours before the announcement of the final presidential results.
The meeting had to be postponed until 2:00 p.m. because the then-chairman Wafula Chebukati was finishing up some procedures for verifying votes, according to Guliye’s affidavit.
Guliye went on to state that Chebukati summoned everyone, including the four visitors, to the Bomas CEO’s boardroom at the rescheduled time.
The four-person team was then unveiled, according to Guliye, and they announced their presence on behalf of the National Security Advisory Committee (NSAC).
Kennedy Kihara, a former Principal Administrative Secretary in President Kennedy’s office, served as the team’s leader. The three remaining officers were Lieutenant General Francis Omondi Ogolla (Vice Chief of Defence Forces), Solicitor General Kennedy Ogeto, and former Inspector General of Police Hillary Mutyambai.
The commissioners were ordered either elect Raila as president during the meeting or call for a runoff.
According to Guliye, the commissioners were threatened that if they certified Ruto the winner, “the country will burn.”
After that, Kihara said they needed a quick response on the subject since Chebukati had asked all commissioners to voice their opinions.
Guliye informed the tribunal that the plan had received the support of commissioner Irene Massit, who is currently in court.