Makueni Governor Prof. Kivutha Kibwana has written to the IEBC chair Wafula Chebukati alleging a plot to rig the Nguu/Masumba by-election by Wiper through the help of the county commissioner and other National Government Administration officers.
In the letter, Kibwana accuses Mohamed Maalim, Makueni county commissioner of micromanaging IEBC county coordinator and Kibwezi West returning officer.
“He continues calling the latter for instructions. This can be established through her cell phone, her call listings. She has Complained in public that he and others her harassing her…He (Maalim) purports to take over some IEBC functions as he did in Kitise/Kithuki by-elections in the name of security.” The letter reads in part.
According to Kibwana, The county commissioner has today called a meeting at Kikuumini for all chiefs, assistants, village elders, and nyumba Kumi members to instruct them how they can campaign for Wiper candidate even after the campaigns are over.
“The area National Government and Administration officers are under duress and currently passing the message to senior citizens who are on cash transfer program and don’t vote for Wiper will cease receiving the cash.” Kibwana in the letter went on.
The Governor further alleged that during the Wiper party leader’s visit to Nguu/Masumba ward, he threatened Machakos chief of staff twice who supports independent candidate Timothy Maneno.
According to the Governor, some outsiders and vehicles have been hired to try and rig votes in favor of Wiper and cause mayhem. He listed several vehicle number plates and names and the contacts of those he says have been hired.
“As a new IEBC, you bear a mammoth responsibility to ensure that elections are free and fair. Your commitment will make or break Kenya in 2021/2022.” Kibwana ends by saying.