Stop character assassination, follow law to remove IEBC commissioners- Gladys Shollei to Raila Odinga

Uasin Gishu Woman Representative-elect Gladys Shollei. [Stafford Ondego, Standard]

Uasin Gishu Woman Representative-elect Gladys Shollei has accused Raila Odinga of using his platforms to ruin the reputation of the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) chairperson Wafula Chebukati.

Shollei, who appeared in an interview on KTN News on Wednesday night averred that there is a legal process stipulating the removal of IEBC commissioners and that whipping up the public’s emotions to occasion their removal is unconstitutional.

“Someone of that political stature (Raila), should know very well that it is not his place legally to decide who runs the elections. There is a format in this country and a law that tells us how to appoint commissioners,” Shollei said.

The Woman Rep, who was also part of the Kenya Kwanza team at the National tallying centre at the Bomas of Kenya, claimed Raila is akin to a cheetah that never changes its spots, calling for the resignation of previous electoral commission chairpersons.

She said the Azimio-One Kenya coalition leader is known for not accepting election outcomes and fronting the removal of IEBC chairpersons from office.

“Unfortunately, Raila has never accepted any IEBC chairperson. From [Zaccheaus] Chesoni, Samuel Kivuitu, Ahmed Isaack, to now [Wafula] Chebukati. Even if we get another one (IEBC chairperson), he will still reject him,” said Shollei.

Raila, in an address in Mombasa on Wednesday, demanded that Chebukati be barred from presiding over Mombasa and Kakamega governorship elections on Monday, August 29.

He said that there’s an active case in court questioning Chebukati’s suitability to preside over subsequent elections following the disputed August 9, 2022 presidential election results.

“Chebukati’s deputy, Juliana Cherera, should be allowed to preside over the upcoming elections. There’s an active court case against Chebukati, and he should, therefore, disqualify himself from overseeing the polls,” Odinga said while campaigning for Mombasa governorship candidate Abdullswamad Sheriff Nassir.