UK ready to fund IEBC, assures envoy

Eric Juma @PeopleDailyKe

United Kingdom is willing to give the Independent Electoral Boundaries Commission (IEBC) financial support to strengthen its electoral programmes and capacity building ahead of October 17 repeat presidential poll. Speaking in an interview with a local radio station, British High Commissioner to Kenya Nic Hailey said the British government is awaiting the formal request from the IEBC poll.

“We had released Sh.1.5 billion to IEBC for the August General Election and we are awaiting for another request. We are determined to see a transparent and democratic election that pits President Uhuru Kenyatta and Nasa leader Raila Odinga,” said the envoy.

Hailey, however, asked the IEBC chairman Wafula Chebukati to ensure the commission upholds democracy and transparency from the casting to tallying of votes and announcement of results. “It’s not for me to decide…but IEBC is expected to deliver a better election than the last one,” he said.

“We are not supporting any political party or candidate but backing a free and affair election as enshrined in the Kenyan Constitution,” he added. He however dismissed Kenyans that were criticizing the International Observers for congratulating President Uhuru as the fifth president after been declared by the IEBC.

Hailey added that Observers were not in Kenya to rubberstamp elections of president Uhurtu as purported by Kenyans but to check if election process were peaceful and democratic and it was the duty of IEBC to decide whether it was a sham or engrossed with flaws.

“Our duty as election observers is to check whether the process goes on as entrenched in the constitution but not to extend up to addressing issues of results announcement and that’s why we did not ask Raila and the team to concede defeat but advised them to go to court to challenge the election of incumbent,” said Hailey.

He however told off the politicians to refrain from attacking independent institutions in the country as that would hamper the service delivery. “It was evident when Raila poked holes in the judiciary before taking their case to supreme court but after Chief Justice Maraga ruled in favor of Nasa, the Jubilee turned their guns to same judiciary to an extent of threatening to disband it once he is confirmed president on October 17,” added Hailey.

Hailey at the same time said that Kenyans has started reaping from the proceeds of Chicken gate scandals. The Britons who connived with Kenyans to steal billion of tax payers money through chicken gate scandals were arraigned in court and charged.

They were also ordered by court to pay back and indeed its such funds that purchased ambulances that were received by Kenyan government. He stated that Kenyans have continued to eat the Kenyan fabric and unless the government prosecute the bigwigs per perpetuating corruption.

“There is need of a multy-secrtoral approach to end corruption. the Anti-corruption Commission must work with the judges so as to put to jail some of the untouchables whose track records are dented and unless that its done Kenya will still continue with blame game syndrome,” said Hailey.

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