The Star (Nairobi)

28 July 2012

Kenya: Archbishop Wabukhala Defends IEBC's Credibility

THE Anglican Church has challenged Kenyans to be patient with the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission amid reports of the commission's integrity waning. Archbishop Eliud Wabukhala, the churh's head, asked leaders and politicians not to be suspicious of the operations of the IEBC since this will cast its credibility and ability to a fair electioneering process into disrepute.

Wabukhala said leaders should embrace the body and advice it accordingly instead of casting blame on a particular group. "IEBC has done well in the past and any slight hitch should not be exaggerated as the end of the world. We should work alongside IEBC as a community and not try to load blames on the group. That will demoralise them and make them confused", said Wabukhala.

The remarks by the clergy comes amid questions raised by various leaders on the biometric voter registration tender awarded to Symphony by the election's body.

"We should protect IEBC from suspicious dealings, making accusation about their conduct is likely to arouse suspicion among Kenyans and that is not what we want to hear about the body we entrust with our election", Wabukhala said. He said his church is monitoring IEBC's operations closely in a bid to advise them where necessary.

Wabukhala was speaking in Boya village, Nyando, where he paid a courtesy call to Erick Okeyo, a member of the church. He is on an annual tour of Diocese of Maseno where he is visiting and initiating project sponsored by the Anglican Church.

He also poured cold water on the proposal by the section of legislatures to postpone the polls to August 2013. "It is like playing with the psychological makeup of Kenyans which is already set for March 2013, we will not allow such to happen and i don't think it is attainable", said Wabukhala.

He urged leaders to maintain high integrity and simplicity in their undertaking to gain public trust with the offices they are seeking. He was accompanied in the tour by officials of the Maseno Diocese and Bishop of Maseno south Diocese Mwai Abiero.

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