We previously warned in JUKWAA of impending 2013 electoral malfeasance due to the lacking “I” in IEBC. We won’t definitely emulate the truly independent electoral bodies in Ghana and Guinea.
After the NSIS-engineered BVR procurement power-grab by Kibaki, it is clear IEBC is not Independent at all. Let us remember where political interference from State House (& threat of Kivuitu with AP guns) ultimately led the nation back in 2007.
The latest discomforting news reports indicate that on matters electoral kits it is; the Justice Minister, AG, or Finance Minister who are ‘authorized’ to issue comments. Just like that, IEBC’s independence has been robbed in broad daylight and people accustomed to it.
But wait a minute! One needs more than casual reading of newspapers to realize that Justice Minister Eugene Wamalwa has no clue what is indeed transpiring regarding BVR procurement.
His serially evolving and supremely embarrassing statements regarding the number of kits so far received, is the best evidence he has no clue what’s going on. The stooge is merely given statements to read to the public; which turn out to be untrue (even before their ink dries).
- Yesterday (Tuesday, October 16th, 2012), Eugene Wamalwa stood before the Press (public) and declared that all the 15,000 BVM kits ordered had arrived in the country.
- Early Wednesday, October 17th, 2012, Wamalwa revised his figure, claiming only 5,000 kits had arrived.
- Later on the same day (Wednesday, October 16th, 2012), Wamalwa further downgraded the figure of kits received to 1,700.
- Media scrutiny of IEBC officials on the same day astonishingly confirmed that only 200 BVR kits had in fact arrived.
Well, the signs are on the wall. Isaack Hassan and his team of inept wimps may just give us surprises in the last minute. Let’s keep an eye on this matter.