Sabina Chege taken to full hearing by IEBC

by Lawyer Wanz

Sabina Chege, the Murang’a Woman Representative has been subjected by Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) to a full hearing over utterances she made in Vihiga County, suggesting that the Jubilee Party rigged the 2017 poll results.

This comes after IEBC chair Wafula Chebukati dismissed the objections brought before the commission’s Electoral Code of Conduct Enforcement Committee by Chege’s team of lawyers, which was led by Senior Counsels James Orengo and Otiende Amollo.

Chebukati noted that Chege’s utterances were wrong, arguing that she broke a Code of Conduct which bounds her to reassuring voters of impartiality of the electoral commission and the secrecy of the ballot.

“The respondent herein is a member of Jubilee party and a serving Woman Rep having been elected under jubilee. In the premises, the respondent is subject to the code of conduct and is under the duty to abide by the same,” he said.

Chebukati’s statement comes after Sabina Chege’s lawyers dismissed the summon by the commission noting it was not procedural. They faulted IEBC of summoning Chege without clear charges.

“We have a problem with this statement of the breach. From the charge, it is a redacted version of what Chege said. You are not telling us clearly what she is accused of saying,” Orengo argued.

Orengo further argued that the charges levelled against Chege did not amount to a breach of the Electoral Conduct as claimed by the commission hence never amounted to her summon.

In other related news, Murang’a Woman rep Sabina Chege on Tuesday appeared before IEBC chairman Wafula Chebukati over rigging claims.

She is accompanied by lawyer James Orengo, senator Ledama OleKina and MP Otiende Amollo who is also a lawyer.

The IEBC’s Electoral Code of Conduct Enforcement Committee summoned Chege over her recent utterances regarding the 2017 presidential outcome.

The utterances were made at a public rally in Isibuye in Vihiga County on  February 10, 2022, during the Azimio la Umoja Movement mobilisation rally.

In a statement on Friday, the commission’s Electoral Code of Conduct Enforcement Committee secretary asked the MP to appear before the commission’s electoral code of conduct enforcement committee on Tuesday for interrogation.

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