Maendeleo Chap Chap senatorial aspirant John Mutua Katuku has asked Wiper Party Leader Kalonzo Musyoka to stop meddling with the duties of the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) saying that it is an independent body and it does not need to be lectured on how to conduct an election.
Speaking at Ndalani in Yatta sub-county of Machakos County after attending the burial of Mary Kioko Kilonzo (wife to Vincent Kilonzo brother to Yatta MP Charles Kilonzo), Katuku said that Kalonzo had no right to lecture IEBC on how to go about their duties teeming Kalonzo’s demands that teachers and other civil servants should not be hired to conduct polls as absurd.
Katuku said it was not for Kalonzo to lecture IEBC on how to conduct its duty.
“IEBC is an independent entity. Wiper party is just a participant in the by-election like many other political parties. It is not for the party leader to tell IEBC who to hire as polling clerks, as the candidate of Maendeleo Chap Chap party, I understand my party doesn’t get involved in matters of conducting elections. Likewise, Wiper should keep off,” he said.
His sentiments were echoed by Machakos Deputy Governor Francis Maliti who had accompanied the senate aspirant terming Wiper Party Leader remarks as irresponsible. He said that Maendeleo Chap Chap has persuaded Machakos voters to elect Katuku by educating them on the qualifications of a senator.
“They (Wiper) carried out an opinion survey recently and found that their candidate was fairing poorly, which is why they have come up with theories about election rigging, we know our candidate is the best and residents know that too. We are confident of a win and we challenge our opponents to accept the will of the people,” said Maliti.
Wiper Party Leader last week accused Governor Mutua of planning to rig the senate by-elections “as he had done with the gubernatorial elections in 2017” something the governor rubbished saying that the claims did not hold water.