A section of Western MPs have criticized the latest move from a section of ODM legislators who warned IEBC chairman Wafula Chebukati from taking any procurement process until four nominated commissioners are approved.
This comes following remarks from National Assembly Minority Leader John Mbadi, Ugunja MP Opiyo Wandayi, Homa Bay Women Rep Gladys Wanga and Rangala MP Lilian Gogo to Wafula Chebukati.
The MPs argued that the electrol body should not handle any matter pertaining to the next general election untill the nominated commissioner are approved by parliament and sworn into office.
Responding to them on Saturday in Malava, Kakamega County, led by senator Cleophas Malala said that Chebukati is just a referee officiating the electoral procees, warning the ODM legislators against pushing for the change of the leadership of the electoral body after every five years.
“Politician are engineering the ouster of Chebukati need to know that you cannot keep changing the referee everytime the result of the game do not go in your favour,” said Malala.
His sentiment were echoed by Lugari MP Ayub Savula and former Kakamega senator Boni Khalwale who said that those calling for the removal of Chebukati should not waste time with schemes and pilitical machinations geared towards creating anarchy, paralysis, and anxiety.
This comes as the commission continues planning for the 2022 General election with three commissioners -Chebukati and commissioner Baya Molu and Abdi Guyo.
The commissioners had earlier announced that they were ready to conduct elections provided they are given 40.9 billion to facilitate all election activities.