• Wetangula said Guliye was sobbing while writhing in excruciating pain after being assaulted by goons at Bomas of Kenya on August 15.
• The speaker, while hailing Chebukati and his two commissioners-Guliye and Boya Molu-said they set the bar higher because of thei rare courage.
National Assembly speaker Moses Wetangula on Tuesday revealed that he bumped into Commissioner Abdi Guliye wailing in Wafula Chebukati's Bomas office.
Wetangula said Guliye was sobbing while writhing in excruciating pain after being assaulted by goons at Bomas of Kenya on August 15.
Speaking when President William Ruto held a meeting with chairpersons and Commissioners of Independent offices and Commissions, Wetangula regretted that Guliye's attackers are still roaming freely.
“I walked into your office(Chebukati's) after the commotion and I found professor Guliye, a professor, an adult a commissioner crying with both his legs bleeding profusely having been viciously physically assaulted on the podium,” Wetang'ula recalled.
“What is surprising, the AG (Attorney General) is that all those goons who caused mayhem and caught on CCTV, none has been brought to justice.”
The Speaker, while hailing Chebukati and his two commissioners-Guliye and Boya Molu-said they set the bar higher because of their rare courage.
Saying that the country has previously rewarded people who do not deserve rewards, Wetang'ula said the outgoing IEBC chairperson “deserves more rewards than anybody else.'
“It is not the best way of fighting impunity because we all saw them(goons), we saw who boxed Chebukati, we saw who knocked down Guliye, we saw who tried to snatch documents from Molu,” he said.
Chebukati, Molu and Guliye were attacked inside the Bomas of Kenya auditorium on August 15 as chaos erupted moments before Ruto was declared the winner of last year's presidential election.
On Monday Guliye and Molu revealed that they escaped out of the country for three days as they feared for their lives.
On Tuesday, Wetang'ula said he had talked to Chebukati at 'some point' and told him to bear fidelity to the law, to the constitution and the will of the people of Kenya.
“We saw the events that culminated on August 15, in Bomas and that you are truly made of steel and truly stood up above others,” he said.
“We stand here to salute you(Chebukati) in a very special way, you stood heads and shoulders above the clouds and did a job that many people for a long time will emulate.
“We are in a country where many people like yourself with responsibility constantly look over their shoulders to see who is watching before they make decisions because we always believe in the fear of the unknown and that there is a big brother somewhere watching.”
Wetang'ula hailed Chebukati as a man who set the bar very high for many Kenyans who have been called upon to serve.
“You sat in an office where one time one of your predecessors told Kenyans that he didn't quite know who had won the elections when he had declared a winner,” Wetang'ula said.
Quoting Shaban Roberts' book 'Kusadikika', Wetang'ula said like nations that hide their heroes from major calamities, Chebukati stood for the country at a time of great adversary.
“Behind that stoic face, lay some tremendous courage that made Kenya what it is today. We won't take it for granted, nobody will take it away from you because you did what many people could not do,” he said.