Azimio la Umoja executive director, Raphael Tuju, has come out to defend himself against allegations presented in an affidavit by IEBC chairman Wafula Chebukati that he, some other high-ranking officers from the government and members of the security council wanted to bribe him in order to favor Raila Odinga in declaring the winner of the August 9 presidential election.
In a press conference held this evening, Tuju confessed that he was at the Bomas of Kenya several times and that the meeting Chebukati claimed took place at 3 am actually took place at 4 am. The director said that he, in the process, tried to get an audience with Chebukati after it was apparent Prof. Abdi Guliye (one of the seven IEBC commissioners) couldn’t address the issues that he had brought up with him (Guliye).
The former Rarieda MP goes on to say that he received intelligence from one of the IEBC officials who was complaining that some of the form 34A’s were being brought down and were being replaced by other form 34A’s. The official was threatened by IEBC CEO, Hussein Marjan when he brought it up with him.
Tuju also claims that he tried to access the Chairman but was physically blocked by Senior Police Officer Samuel Arap Kimeu. He had concerns when Chebukati made a ruling that all returning officers must see him first before the papers are verified on the floor.
The former Cabinet Secretary without a portfolio now wants Chebukati to explain to him and to Kenyans what the discussion was about when he came to a secret location to meet him in Karen. He wants Chebukati to be honest enough to tell Kenyans what he was discussing with UDA officials Nanok and Veronica Maina as soon as they finished their 4 a.m. meeting.
He also wants Prof. Gulliye and Molu to explain what they came to do in his house and that he will expose the CCTV cameras at his house if needed for the world to judge.
Sam Oduor is the editor-in-chief at the Western Kenya Times who leverages the power of the Internet in telling stories that shape opinions.