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"Don't forget that it was around this time, July 28, five years ago, when our staff was murdered."

Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission Chair Wafula Cebukati has revealed some of their staff are frightened even as the country heads to the August 9, polls.

The IEBC boss said profiling of the commission staff based on their tribal origin has made some of them fear for their lives.

He made the revelations while explaining the ballot tender saga in which he was accused of colluding with Bungoma Senator Moses Wetangula to hand over the deal to a Greek Firm.

The IEBC boss urged Kenyans to trust the commission instead of linking them to politicians who come from the same locality as them.

"There is a deliberate move to profile staff of IEBC, commissioners, and staff. There is a serious social campaign that is ongoing," Chebukati said at a media conference on Wednesday.

{IEBC Chair Wafula Chebukati. IMAGE: COURTESY}

"It is actually sad that this pointing time we have people who are hellbent on trying to profile IEBC staff. I think it is unfortunate and it is an issue that people who are behind it should stop."

Chebukati rekindled the death of former ICT director Chris Msando saying they are not taking lightly the attack on the commission's staff.

"If you look at our staff in the commission, especially ICT, they are now frightened because of seeing their photos on so many gutter presses on social media posts," he stated.

"Don't forget that it was around this time, July 28, five years ago, when our staff was murdered. And this then becomes a frightening moment when you see Commission chair and staff being profiled."

Chebukati expressed commitment to delivering free and fair polls saying they are Independent institutions.

He said they don't take instruction from external forces.

"We do our work in accordance with the law. We are only answerable to the Constitution and the laws of the land," he added.