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DP Ruto’s UDA party Writes To IEBC Demanding Resignation Of ICT CS Joe Mucheru

ICT Cabinet Secretary Joe Mucheru’s appearance during the unveiling of the Azimio la Umoja One Kenya’s presidential running mate nominee Martha Karua at KICC is the source of the latest criticism from Deputy President William Ruto.

DP Ruto’s United Democratic Alliance (UDA) party wrote a protest letter to the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) Chairman Wafula Chebukati demanding the resignation of the CS alleging he is involved in political campaigns.

The party also alleged that CS Mucheru could use his technology docket to influence the outcome of the August 9th General Elections.

UDA, through the letter written by Secretary General Veronica Maina, alleged that Mucheru’s continued stay in office might compromise the independence of the Communication Authority of Kenya (CA) in the build up to the upcoming polls.

“Of concern to us is the critical role the Ministry of Information, Communication and Technology plays in supervising and overseeing the Communication Authority of Kenya,” read the letter.

“Certainly, nothing stops the Cabinet Secretary for ICT from resigning in furtherance of his political rights to support a candidate of his choice and allow other able Kenyans to perform his responsibilities as Cabinet Secretary in accordance with the requirements of the law.”

However, CS Mucheru has termed the latest attacks from DP Ruto as diversionary utterances meant to redirect public attention from what he termed a heavy political punch following the Azimio nomination of Martha Karua as Raila Odinga’s deputy.

“I’m not running for any office, I have no political ambitions, so I don’t know why they keep focusing on me,” said Mucheru.

The ICT CS reiterates that IEBC runs its affairs independently and that the government is only keen on helping the commission deliver credible polls.

“IEBC and CA are independent…and when somebody is licenced, they choose how they’re going to operate…people are just afraid of the outcome of the upcoming elections because of the latest tide,” he stated.

UDA, through the letter written by Secretary General Veronica Maina, alleged that Mucheru’s continued stay in office might compromise the independence of the Communication Authority of Kenya (CA) in the build up to the upcoming polls.

“Of concern to us is the critical role the Ministry of Information, Communication and Technology plays in supervising and overseeing the Communication Authority of Kenya,” read the letter.

“Certainly, nothing stops the Cabinet Secretary for ICT from resigning in furtherance of his political rights to support a candidate of his choice and allow other able Kenyans to perform his responsibilities as Cabinet Secretary in accordance with the requirements of the law.”

However, CS Mucheru has termed the latest attacks from DP Ruto as diversionary utterances meant to redirect public attention from what he termed a heavy political punch following the Azimio nomination of Martha Karua as Raila Odinga’s deputy.

“I’m not running for any office, I have no political ambitions, so I don’t know why they keep focusing on me,” said Mucheru.

The ICT CS reiterates that IEBC runs its affairs independently and that the government is only keen on helping the commission deliver credible polls.

“IEBC and CA are independent…and when somebody is licenced, they choose how they’re going to operate…people are just afraid of the outcome of the upcoming elections because of the latest tide,” he stated.

It is the second time in a span of two months that DP Ruto’s UDA party is at loggerheads with CS Mucheru.

UDA had also complained to the IEBC over the presence of Interior CS Fred Matiang’i and other senior government officials’ at the Azimio event.
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