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Mudavadi clashes with ODM, supports Ruto’s side

Amani National Congress party leader Musalia Mudavadi has once again clashed with his counterparts in the Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) over the involvement of the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) in the Multi-sectoral Consultative Forum on the Election preparedness.

On Thursday, Mudavadi lauded the move by the IEBC chair Wafula Chebukati to withdraw from the consultative program chaired by Chief Justice Martha Koome.

He warned against any plot by the political class and the government agencies to hijack the role of the IEBC ahead of the 2022 election noting that the move might be a recipe of chaos.

His statement comes a day after ODM criticised Chebukati for withdrawing from the election preparedness forum.

ODM’s secretary-general Edwin Sifuna faulted IEBC saying that forum must be done in coordination with other government agencies to ensure efficiency.

“For us to have a successful election we can’t possibly have IEBC work in isolation. Election preparedness requires all stakeholders to work in coordination. When we have put in place government agencies to work in collaboration, it’s not a good scenario to see the IEBC run away and distance themselves,” Sifuna said.

On his part, Mudavdi said that the IEBC should be independent and its role to prepare for the next year’s election should not be taken by other people.

“It is the IEBC that is mandated to conduct elections and their role must not be hijacked ahead of the 2022 election,” he said.

Mudavadi statement is a show of support to Deputy President William Ruto’s side who also lauded Chebukati’s move to walk out of the poll’s preparedness forum.

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