Former Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC), vice chairperson Juliana Cherera and three other commissioners reportedly met several Azimio leaders after the infamous August 15 presser, according to new evidence tabled before Justice Aggrey Muchelule’s tribunal.
In the evidence that surfaced on Tuesday, December 13, it was alleged that the four, Cherera, Francis Wanderi, Justus Nyangaya and Irene Masit, were booked into an exclusive apartment in Kilimani after holding the press conference.
The beleaguered Cherera four were alleged to have signed in as tenants, after declining to share their details with the apartment management.
Azimio La Umoja Executive Director, Raphael Tuju, addressing the media
“At 8:36 pm on August 15, four guests accompanied by their bodyguards and other individuals arrived and checked in,” read the evidence in part, in a report aired by NTV.
Reports alleged that the three apartments were paid for on August 16 by an Azimio politician.
The apartment management also claimed that the commissioners received top brass Azimio visitors immediately after checking in.
Among those alleged to have visited the hotel included former Jubilee party secretary general, Rafael Tuju, and KANU’s Nick Salat.
Tuju was alleged to have visited the apartments minutes after the four commissioners checked in and stayed at the hotel from 9:54 pm to 10:41 pm.
Additionally, the former Jubilee SG was alleged to have visited the apartments the following day and visited a separate room, spending more than one hour.
However, details of the meeting were not revealed. Tuju was among the politicians in the spotlight in the August 9 election drama. IEBC chairperson, Wafula Chebukati, accused him of attempting to auction votes to him.
“The Chairman and commissioners Prof. Abdi Guliye and Boya Molu were subjected to a smear campaign by Raphael Tuju who falsely tried to infer ill motive to a visit to him by the three of us when he was involved in a road gruesome road carnage that nearly claimed his life,” Chebukati alleged in his affidavit filed at the Supreme Court.
Tuju had, earlier on, dared the IEBC officials to disclose details of a 2021 meeting that took place at his home, threatening to provide CCTV footage as evidence.
“I want Prof Guliye and Mr Molu to explain what they came to do in my house, what that discussion was about, and the drift of that discussion was more of auctioneers rather than Commissioners.
IEBC chairperson Wafula Chebukati and his former vice chair Juliana Cherera at a past event.
Tuju and other Azimio leaders named in the new report were yet to respond by the time of publication.
The Cherera four are under investigation over allegations that they attempted to subvert the people’s will in the August 9 polls.
Cherera, Wanderi and Nyang’aya resigned from the Commission, with Masit staying put. She, however, filed a motion before the High Court asking it to quash her hearing before the tribunal.