Mary Wanyonyi, the wife of the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) Chairman, Wafula Chebukai has appealed to Kenyans to pray to their family and her husband as the country heads to the general elections on 9th August 2022.
Speaking during her mother’s burial on Sunday, Mary shared that her husband’s role in the coming elections is crucial and that Kenya’s prayers will help them during this period.
“As we approach the elections, pray for us as a family. I know my husband wants to follow the law. Sometimes we see him on TV more than we do at home, because of this job. Now that I see him here, I thank him a lot for getting time to put his work aside to mourn with us,” she said.
Mary, also said that their kids were disturbed during the 2017 elections, which happened during her husband’s first term in the office.
“In the other election (2017) our children were very sad. But right now they are energetic, even him (Cebukati), every morning we pray for him, asking God to give him the wisdom to serve this country,” she added.
Her plea follows a concern by her husband that his staff are being profiled and facing every manner of accusations.
During a press conference last week, Chebukati cautioned Kenyans against profiling staff along ethnic lines.
“This seems like an ongoing thing, there is a deliberate move to profile the staff of IEBC, commissioners, and staff. There is a serious social campaign that is ongoing,” lamented the IEBC chairman.
“It is actually very sad that at this point in time we have people who are hellbent on trying to profile IEBC staff for purposes that we don’t understand. I think it is unfortunate and it is an issue that people who are behind it should stop.
“If you look at our staff in the commission, especially ICT, they are now frightened because of seeing their photos in the gutter press and on social media posts,” he said.
He went ahead and reminded Kenyans that it was around this time in 2017 that IEBC ICT boss Thomas Chris Msando was killed.
“Don’t forget that it was around this time, on July 28th five years ago, when our staff was murdered. And this then becomes a frightening moment when you see the chairman of the commission and staff being profiled,” he concluded