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Jeremiah Kioni speaks on Raila joining Ruto for IEBC Bill signing

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Jubilee Secretary General Jeremiah Kioni has weighed in on the move by Azimio leaders Raila Odinga and Kalonzo Musyoka to participate in the signing of the IEBC (Amendment) Bill into law.

President William Ruto assented into the bill on Tuesday at KICC where he was joined by the two opposition leaders among others.

The two leaders, accompanied by other Azimio leaders both from within and outside parliament witnessed the signing of the Bill at KICC.

In a cryptic message after the signing, Kioni said holders of power in the country guard it against anything that threatens to change the status quo.

“Fellow Kenyans, if you’re wondering what just happened at KICC it’s all by design!

“The guardians of the Kenyan state wield their power relentlessly to ensure its survival against any violent threat that could undermine its very foundation (the established order),” he said.

Kioni said that to achieve this, the leaders would pretend to be doing all that is necessary, including dialoguing to be in good books with the people.

He said that once things get out of hand, the same political leaders are forced to intervene.

Kioni said the intervention is what, in the end, saves the state from any further political crisis.

“When these actions push too far, the political class is compelled to intervene, ostensibly rescuing the state from its own people and thereby avoiding what appears to be a precipice but is, in reality, a recurring political crisis,” Jubilee SG said on the situation that has unfolded at KICC.

He was not among the Opposition leaders present during the signing of the bill into law.

The Bill is one of the key proposals of the National Dialogue Committee report.

The new law will put the country’s electoral management system in place, including paving the way for the appointment of new IEBC commissioners.

The President has been under pressure to sign the IEBC Bill amid calls by a section of Kenyans to recall their MPs for voting in favour of the impugned Finance Bill, 2024.

Opposition leaders and a section of the clergy have been calling for the signing of the Bill to facilitate the reconstitution of the electoral agency.

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