Chebukati offers warning and demands to Raila, threatens to sue

Wafula Chebukati, the former head of the IEBC, has threatened to file a lawsuit against Raila Odinga for remarks made during the Jacaranda rally on Sunday.

Chebukati’s attorney, Steve Ogolla, handed Raila a seven-day deadline in a letter dated January 31 that demanded that Raila make the video of the former chairman’s visit public.

“In the circumstances of your allegations, and in the context of our client’s strong rebuttal thereto, our instructions are to demand from you, as of right, which we hereby do, to be furnished with the alleged video footage within seven days from the date hereof,” the letter reads. 

If the allotted time passes without Raila meeting the requirements, Chebukati’s attorneys will be compelled to file a lawsuit.

“In doing so, we shall take such action as necessary to protect our client’s right to access to information by dint of Article 35(1)(b) of the Constitution without further reference to you whatsoever, holding you liable for costs and any other consequences which may arise therefrom,” Ogolla added.

Speaking on Sunday, Raila alleged that Chebukati and previous commissioners Abdi Guliye and Boya Molu had visited his home. He stated that they requested something from him and that he had proof of their visit.

“Chebukati is saying there are people who tried to bribe him, even his other colleagues Guliye and Molu. I want to ask them what did you come to do at my house? What did they ask me for? I have pictures and if they continue playing I will make them public,” he said.

The three also went to former CS Raphael Tuju’s residence, according to the chief opposition leader.

Chebukati refuted the allegations in the letter sent on Tuesday.

“In response to your allegations, our client vehemently denies that he met you during the election year, let alone the election period, and in particular, at your home, as alleged by yourself.


Written by Brian Mayodi

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