Some are giddy and happy about the termination of employment of IEBC’s Ezra Chiloba this week. However, people shouldn’t jump of joy, as there have been changes in the leadership of the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC). Just as the newly appointed IEBC leadership of 2011 with Chairman Hassan Isaack and change in 2016. When Wafula Chebukati got appointed in his stead in 2016. Still, inside the IEBC as before was Chiloba just working in the background as before.
That he got terminated over tenders and contracts are foolish at this point. As we all know the questionable behavior of the IEBC during the Presidential Elections in 2017. We can also wonder what Chiloba did with the previous leadership and elections of 2013, as there was speculations then also of rigging too. Therefore, the relevance of position and of what he did during his tenure there.
However, Chiloba shouldn’t be the fall guy. Chiloba didn’t do this acts alone and did answer to someone above. He didn’t go like an empty drone into this and do this only on his own merry. That wouldn’t believe, as someone ordered him around and asked him to fix. This was known by his previous boss and the current one.
That Chebukati and the rest of the Commissioners should be put in doubt too. Because all of them was in-charge and fixed the contracts with OT-Morpho, Cambridge Analytica and the printing companies. This wasn’t just done by one, neither was the assassination of ICT Expert and Manager Chris Msando and the assassination of CS Joseph Nkaissery. All of this happen days before the elections and even in relation to the polls. That is why these memories will still linger on, as the questions of what happen and who ordered it. The Ghost of Jacob Juma will also follow the organization and the ruling regime, as his words has happen as he said and what he expected from the authorities. Therefore, the IEBC are not alone in this and the truth of the matter, is that Chiloba wouldn’t able to all of this on his own.
Chiloba is one of many to blame, it was organized and was done with a purpose, it was all done to secure the tenure of Kenyatta and Ruto. It was done to secure the Jubilee and their established power. It wasn’t done to secure the votes of the people and neither legitimacy of a supposed credible vote. That went down the storm-drain with the rain-water.
So, the ones thinking the termination of Chiloba will fix it all. I doubt it. It didn’t change with the changes of chairmen either. If it was Hassan Isaack or Wafula Chebukati. The Kenyan election experience was as hostile and lack of transparency as usual. For the single purpose of securing the elite and their need of all power.
Chiloba did that, but not alone. He did it as per orders and per request. By both all Commissioners did so. Not only single individual. If it was only his way and his methods was behind this, than the change of Chairmen should have mattered, but it didn’t. That is why there is a need of change within the IEBC and also reforms of the organization. Not just make Chiloba jump on the sword, he is far from innocent, but he didn’t act alone. Peace.
We knew there would be ramifications of the Handshake between Uhuru Kenyatta and Raila Odinga, which changed the whole narrative. At the time of the handshake, the winner seemed actually to be William Ruto, the Deputy President. It seemed like he would be the natural winner, as the default subject would led him into the 2022 without a scratch.
Now, that the time is going and Odinga are involving himself in the government policy, as well as his rising prominence within the government is evident. The Ruto Camp and allies are afraid of the push it has. As the Jubilee are supposed to be all supreme and doesn’t need guidance from an outside source. They are just working with development and not doing politics, which is their first tool in the shed. Now, Ruto is turning on Odinga and the ODM. He must do it, because he is afraid and needs to show flex. Because why else should he discredit the Handshake, that created peace and also stopped the turmoil and uncertainty that was in the air after the Swearing-In of Odinga before that. Take a look at what he said!
““The handshake is not a licence for you to bring confusion, propaganda and conmnaship into our party. If they have come to divide Jubilee and the government, we are telling them that we are alert and we know (what you are up to),” he said. He added: “You lied during Kanu, Cord and Nasa days but we are telling you that there is no space for your lies in Jubilee. There is a big reduction of stupid people now as we know. We are very clear about where we are going. “We are committed to the unity of Kenya and its leaders but what we will not entertain and what we do not want, and what is not going to happen, is for you to export confusion, propaganda and conmanship into our party. We will not allow it.” – William Ruto on the 30th September 2018 (Mohamed Ahmed – ‘Raila exploiting handshake, plotting against me: Ruto’ 30.09.2018, link: https://mobile.nation.co.ke/news/politics/Raila-plotting-Jubilee-downfall—Ruto/3126390-4784618-rojk7az/index.html).
It is like he is so afraid and has to warn ODM and NASA, meaning warning Odinga now. That they are not stupid people within Jubilee, they are not in it for the outside pressure and the games from him. They are not allowing Odinga to interfere or express his lies of how the Jubilee operate. However, this only makes Ruto looks afraid and worried about the capacity Odinga has at the moment. Not that I am in favor of what the Handshake did, but the de-legitimatizing it. That isn’t a good sign for the days ahead.
He speaks of unity, but he is speaking ill of his allies. Odinga is an ally, which gave Jubilee space with the Building Bridges Initiative. If it wasn’t for that, the second term of Jubilee would been so much more hectic, as they paid off Odinga for a honorable position, which still to this day isn’t written in stone, but is there in the atmosphere. That is why Ruto is warning, because he cannot control Odinga. Who knows how Kenyatta feels, but he knows he dropped enough carrots to feed Odinga. That is why there haven’t been anything else than loyalty from Odinga.
We can wonder why Ruto is so afraid of Odinga, but his words is not a sign of strength, but of mere weakness. Peace.