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President Ruto, Raila Twitter barbs over ‘Cherera Four’ turns ugly

by kenya-tribune

The now palpable growing political fight between President William Ruto and opposition leader Raila Odinga of Azimio One Kenya Coalition over the fate of the four commissioners of the electoral body today degenerated in to online war sparking a bareknuckle exchange between the duo political nemesis.

While Raila and his Azimio brigade are opposed to the ouster of the four Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) commissioners who are currently being probed by Parliament over their suitability to continue holding office.

Today, the president and Raila engaged in a bitter exchange on Twitter a debate that psyched up their online supporters.

This comes after Raila fired the first shot on Thursday by alleging that the Head of State is a dictator on a revenge mission by inflicting injustice on the four commissioners; Juliana Cherera, Irene Masit, Francis Wanderi and Justus Nyang’aya.

Raila went on to say that the current regime reminded him of former late President Daniel Moi’s time in office which was notably marred by instances of tyranny.

In a tweet, the president, however, turned the tables on Raila by slamming the former premiere’s 2018 handshake with ex-President Uhuru Kenyatta noting that the deal was a clear form of state capture.

“The lords of impunity, who destroyed oversight institutions using the handshake fraud, should allow parliament to hold rogue officials who put the nation in danger by subverting the democratic will of the people to be held to account. New order is rule of law not wishes of big men,” said President Ruto.

In a rejoinder, the opposition boss reiterated his Thursday stance on Ruto’s rule noting that the Executive should not interfere with the affairs of the Judiciary.

“There is due process and natural justice, things aren’t just done at the whims of the executive. The rule of law must prevail and not your jungle laws that you want to institute so as to subjugate Kenyans to a conveyor belt system of elections come 2027. We shall not relent,” said Raila.

The National Assembly’s Justice and Legal Affairs Committee began hearing the petitions filed against the four commissioners on Thursday.

The committee is expected to listen to the petition for four days before retreating to make a decision on the quartet’s fate.

The petitioners want the commissioners removed from office for constitutional violations, as well as gross misconduct and incompetence.

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