Confusion as State House denies deal on IEBC talks

State House has denied that President Uhuru Kenyatta agreed a deal with the opposition on the fate of IEBC.

Mr Kenyatta on Tuesday met with opposition leaders Raila Odinga and Moses Wetangula after which it was reported that they agreed to form a ten-member team to negotiate on the fate of IEBC commissioners.

But State House spokesman Manoah Esipisu in a statement last evening dismissed the reports.

“No such agreement was struck, as it would have been inconsistent with President Kenyatta’s stand on the subject which is that any discussion on the IEBC or any other constitutional body must be done within the confines of the law,” Esipisu said.
He said President Kenyatta is expecting the Justice and Legal Affairs to handle the matter as it falls within their jurisdiction in Parliament.

In his address to the nation yesterday during Madaraka Day celebrations, President Kenyatta told the opposition to respect the legal institutions to solve any problem they might have on the constitutional organs.

“If you love this country then you must obey the letter of the constitution. This country belongs to all of us so let us come together and work together,” President Kenyatta said.

A statement was dispatched to newsrooms late Tuesday confirmed the State House meeting took place although not much information was divulged by the Presidential press team.

“After the luncheon, the president, accompanied by Deputy President William Ruto, held a brief meeting with Odinga who was accompanied by Senate Minority Leader Moses Wetangula,” read a statement from State House.

And while addressing thousands of supporters at Uhuru Park yesterday, Cord leader Raila Odinga and Ford Kenya leader Moses Wetangula said the state House meeting agreed that they form a committee to spearhead the talk on IEBC.

“During our meeting with the President at State House, we agreed that there will be teams formed to discuss the issue regarding the IEBC. We will form our team by tomorrow (today) and that team is due to meet with the one formed by the government so that we can dialogue on the IEBC issue,” Wetangula said.

Same sentiments were also echoed by Odinga who also warned that should the team fail to hold dialogue by tomorrow then the opposition will resort back to their weekly anti-IEBC demonstrations.

“We will nominated our people and they will also bring their people, the team should have dialogue failure to which we will be back to the streets as IEBC must go,” Odinga said.

Odinga admitted that he indeed participated in the appointment of the current IEBC commissioners during the grand coalition government but retorted that the commissioners are currently facing corruption cases hence can’t be allowed to preside over the next poll.

“When we appointed the Commissioners with the Grand Coalition government, we did not know about Eurobond or the Chicken Gate scandal. Now we have realized all our mistakes and all of them must now go home,” he said.

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