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IEBC's Irene Masit Clarifies Booking Kilimani Apartment, Meeting Azimio Leaders

  • Embattled Independent and Electoral Boundaries Commission (IEBC) commissioner Irene Masit refuted reports claiming that she met Azimio La Umoja leaders at an apartment in Kilimani. 

    Through her lawyer, Donald Kipkorir, Masit, on Wednesday, December 14, was aggrieved that the tribunal allowed new evidence to be introduced in the case.

    She also insisted that the tribunal was not legal and should not investigate her, further clarifying that doctored reports were shared to taint her name.

    “There are reports in the media about Azimio leaders visiting our apartment. This is part of an agenda targeting me,” Masit told the tribunal. 

    Former IEBC Commissioner Justus Nyang'aya (left) and Commissioner Irene Masit during a consultative meeting with partners and stakeholders on October 12, 2022.

    Former IEBC Commissioner Justus Nyang’aya (left) and Commissioner Irene Masit during a consultative meeting with partners and stakeholders on October 12, 2022.

    IEBC

    The embattled commissioner added that the four accused officials, former IEBC commissioners, Juliana Cherera, Justus Nyang’aya, Francis Wanderi and her, relocated to the apartments in Kilimani in fear of their lives. 

    She detailed that even Kenya Kwanza politicians visited them at the apartment.

    “By allowing this new evidence, the tribunal violated Article 50 of the Constitution and Section Four of the Fair Administrative Action Act,” Masit argued in her petition. 

    “The new evidence was not legally obtained and it is a blatant violation of the Constitution,” Masit added. 

    Masit further reiterated that she will not be intimidated to resign. Her lawyer, Kipkorir, filed a preliminary objection against the case, seeking its withdrawal while arguing that the tribunal did not have jurisdiction to hear the petition.

    Despite the valiant defense, Masit felt that her future was already predetermined.

    “The tribunal is just going through the motions of an already decided case. This is because the petition brought to parliament was a political witch hunt not a constitutional process,” Masit lamented.

    She cited the Justice and Legal Affairs Committee (JLAC) chair Gitonga Murugara who is also Tharaka Constituency member of Parliament, arguing that he was biased. JLAC recommended the removal of the four officials prompting President Ruto to form a tribunal to investigate the case. 

    “To show the case is politically motivated, the chairperson of the committee, was part of the legal team that represented President William Ruto’s UDA party.

    IEBC commissioner Irene Masit

    IEBC commissioner Irene Masit

    Daily Nation

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