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Inside President Ruto’s Plan to Install Chebukati as the Next Chief Justice

by Paul Nyongesa
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Opposition leader Raila Odinga has come forward with a new revelation, claiming that President William Ruto has already begun orchestrating ways to ensure victory in the 2027 general elections.

In a statement released to the public on Friday, February 2, Odinga stated that he has credible information from within the parliament, the presidency, and even the judiciary that one of Ruto’s strategies is to appoint the former chairman of the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC), Wafula Chebukati, as the Chief Justice ahead of the 2027 elections.

The ODM leader dismissed the government’s claims about discussions with the judiciary and parliament in their recent meeting at the State House a few weeks ago. Odinga asserted that despite the government stating that the State House meeting was about ensuring good relations between independent institutions, the main agenda was how Ruto would win the 2027 elections.

“In this agreement, five judges from the Supreme Court and two judges from the Court of Appeal will be for Ruto to present to the Judicial Service Commission (JSC), and the former chairs of IEBC, Wafula Chebukati, and Ahmed Issack Hassan will be appointed as Court of Appeal judges, with Chebukati later elevated to the position of Chief Justice before the 2027 General Elections,” Odinga confidently stated.

The ODM leader explained that, according to the alleged plot, Chief Justice Martha Koome would benefit by securing additional funding for the Judiciary. Raila confirmed that Koome has already declared her intention to vie for the 11 positions advertised in the government’s gazette notice on Friday, February 2.

“During the meeting, Chief Justice and Mr. Ruto reached an agreement that would allow Mr. Ruto to fund the judiciary. Justice Koome was to announce additional positions for five judges and eleven judges for the Court of Appeal. The announcement for these 11 judges has been made today. It is in today’s government gazette,” Raila stated.

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