BY EDDY NYADWA- Machakos Governor Dr. Alfred Mutua wants President Uhuru Kenyatta to move quickly and constitute the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission in readiness of the 2022 General Election.
Mutua says that IEBC as currently constituted lacks the capacity, quorum and does not meet constitutional threshold to conduct any business on behalf of the commission. Currently, only the chairman and two commissioners are in office.
The Krigler Report also recommended that a substantive, fully constituted commission must be in place 18 months ahead of elections.
“President Uhuru Kenyatta must commence a process to put in place a full-house commission that will start putting in place structures necessary to carry out the 2022 election,” Mutua said.
In recent state appointments, former IEBC commissioners were awarded with positions as foreign envoys. These include the former IEBC Vice-Chairperson Consolata Nkatha who has been nominateas the deputy head of mission in Rome while Margaret Mwachanya has been proposed for Islamabad in the same capacity.
“The last-minute manoeuvres are usually the ones that generate anxiety among Kenyans and should be avoided,” Mutua says. . Adding that the commission needs time to prepare for free and fair elections.
The Maendeleo Chap Chap party leader says that government must avoid what he described as “systemic mistakes” such as inadequate funding of the commission as was recommended by in the Krigler Report.
Mutua who has declared his intent to run for president in 2022 was speaking in Nanyuki town during his week-long meet the people tours fashioned as “Mutua Fresh Listening Tours.”
He is shaping his presidential bid on the premise of fixing the nation by addressing systemic corruption, under development and fast tracking development.
Mutua has toured tm Meru, Isiolo, Tharaka Nithi, Embu, Nyeri and Laikipia counties in the last seven days, in a charm offensive to sell his agenda.