'Show us the video': Chebukati lawyers slap Raila with demand letter
Former electoral commission chairman Wafula Chebukati has issued a demand letter to Azimio coalition leader Raila Odinga, telling him to provide the video footage of an alleged visit he made to the opposition leader's home during the electoral period.
Mr Chebukati, through his lawyer Steve Ogolla, says that should Mr Odinga fail to provide the video footage within seven days, he will take legal action against him.
He says that the allegations made by Mr Odinga, during a political rally at the historic Jacaranda grounds on Sunday, have lowered his dignity and injured his reputation.
Mr Odinga had claimed that top commissioners from the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC), led by Mr Chebukati, visited him at his Karen home during the 2022 August election period. He had also threatened to release the footage.
Mr Chebukati has denied that the visit took place.
“Our client is aggrieved that you took no caution or responsibility while making the adverse remarks with the consequence that our client has suffered and continues to suffer serious reputational injury, taking into account his status and position as former chairman of IEBC,” says Mr Ogolla in the demand letter.
Should Mr Odinga fail to release the video, the law firm says it will take necessary action against the opposition leader.
The demand letter is the latest in an escalation of a war of words triggered by the Azimio leader's utterances in recent rallies.
On Monday, President William Ruto also questioned the veracity of Mr Odinga’s claims regarding the alleged visit.
“It then begs the question ... if it's true, what were these officials doing in your house at your invitation? Being a candidate, how did you end up inviting officials of an independent body?” he wondered.