Chiloba to NASA: I wish I could see myself powerful as you see me

IEBC CEO Ebra Chiloba []

The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) CEO Ezra Chiloba has responded to a litany of allegation leveled on him by NASA.

On Thursday, a group of NASA MPs led by ODM Director of Elections and Suna East MP Junet Mohammed claimed Chiloba has been playing a huge role in the repeat polls.

Junet claimed Chiloba had made phone calls to coordinators of the election especially in opposition strongholds to “cook results” to favour President Uhuru Kenyatta since turn out in these areas was poor.

The Suna East MP who addressed the press at Panafric Hotel in Nairobi called on DCI boss Ndegwa Muhoro to seize Chiloba’s phone and conduct an audit to verify their claims.

But in response, reports Daily Nation, Chiloba who has been on a three-week break prior to the repeat Presidential poll denied the claims.

Terming the allegations as misleading, Chiloba said: “I wish I could see myself as powerful as Hon Junet sees me. The misleading allegations about me can only be but polarise the country further.”

Chiloba has been under pressure from the opposition to resign. They blame him for bungling August 8 polls which was nullified by the Supreme Court.

Junet also said opposition strongholds especially in Nyanza were ethnically profiled by the IEBC leading to postponement of polls in the region.

On Thursday, IEBC Chair Wafukla Chebukati postponed elections in some parts of Nyanza where IEBC officials failed to turn up and in other places, election materials could not be transported as roads had been barricaded.

He said the polls will be conducted on Saturday and there will be no extension.

In response to the ethnic profiling claim, Jubilee through Leader of Majority in the Senate Kipchumba Murkomen termed NASA claim as a narrative to comfort their ill-advised move not to vote.

Murkomen added that NASA has a bad taste in its mouth because in 43 counties, people came out to vote contrary to their expectations.

“We have walked around most polling stations including the Nasa strongholds and some people came out to exercise their democratic right contrary to the wishes of Raila Odinga,” he said.

The Elgeyo Marakwet Senator questioned why NASA was commenting about the polls yet they boycotted it.

“Why is Nasa, now a movement, so much interested in an election they boycotted? They have no authority to comment about an exercise [in which] they are not players.”