Where the rain started beating IEBC, Wafula Chebukati tells all in tribunal testimony

Members of the tribunal probing four IEBC Commissioners. [Silas Otieno, Standard]

A few hours into the morning, Chebukati would again receive a call from then Head of Public Service Joseph Kinyua that a team from the National Security Advisory Committee (NSAC) would be paying him a visit, and talking briefly about the assumption of office.

The call was made around 8 am or 9 am on August 15.

He said that they managed to see the committee at 2 pm on the same day in the CEO's office boardroom at Bomas.

Up until this point, the final tally of the presidential poll was not known but all constituency results were in.

Prior to the 2 pm meeting, Chebukati maintained there were no disagreements with the commissioners.

"The message from NSAC was that if I declared results in favour of William Ruto, the country was going to burn and that skirmishes had already started. That the blood of dead Kenyans would be on their hands and all seven commissioners would be held responsible," he said.

A message of that nature is a threat to the independence of the commission, the former chairperson noted.

Chebukati made the revelations on Day Two of the continued probe of four IEBC commissioners.

Former IEBC commissioners Boya Molu and Prof. Abdi Guliye appeared before the tribunal on Monday, January 23, alleging that they were put under pressure to declare Raila Odinga as the president or force a runoff in last year's general election.