Azimio La Umoja One Kenya coalition leader Raila Odinga has said he will hold public rallies to oppose the removal of four IEBC commissioners who disowned the results of the August 9th presidential election.
The four, Juliana Cherera, Irene Masit, Francis Wanderi and Justus Nyang’aya, are being probed by the National Assembly’s Justice and Legal Affairs Committee after four petitions were filed seeking their removal from office on grounds of gross misconduct and violation of the constitution.
On Sunday, Odinga accused President Ruto of trying to impose a "user-friendly" IEBC on Kenyans by pushing for the ouster of the four commissioners.
"This regime is trying to send home the commissioners who stood firm on the platform of the truth and this is not acceptable. The people of Kenya are not going to accept it. These people stole the elections and we cannot accept that on top of that, they send away these other commissioners and impose on Kenyans a user-friendly commission to them," Odinga told supporters in Kisumu.
He said the Azimio group will hold countrywide rallies starting with Kamukunji Grounds in Nairobi on Wednesday to oppose attempts by Ruto to influence the appointment of new IEBC commissioners.
On Friday, Ruto and Odinga engaged in an online war of words over the ongoing quest to remove four IEBC commissioners from office.
Ruto told off Odinga and other Azimio La Umoja One Kenya coalition leaders, saying they should give Parliament an opportunity to hold the four “rogue” commissioners to account.
"The lords of impunity, who destroyed oversight institutions using the handshake fraud, should allow parliament to hold rogue officials who put the nation in danger by subverting the democratic will of the people to be held to account. New order is RULE of LAW not wishes of big men," Ruto tweeted.
In response, Raila said, "There is due process and natural justice, things aren't just done at the whims of the executive. The rule of law must prevail and not your jungle laws that you want to institute so as to subjugate Kenyans to a conveyor belt system of elections come 2027. We shall not relent.”