The United Democratic Alliance (UDA) presidential candidate William Ruto and his running mate Rigathi Gachagua arrived late for a meeting with the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) causing confusion.
IEBC hosted presidential candidates at Windsor Golf Hotel and Country Club in Nairobi for consultation on various issues touching on the August 9 polls.
The thorny issues IEBC presented include the printing of ballot papers and the voter register which took centre stage at the meeting.
Raila Odinga and his running mate Martha Karua of Azimio la Umoja – One Kenya coalition party, George Wajackoya of Roots party and Agano party’s Waihiga Mwaure attended the IEBC meeting while Ruto and Gachagua arrived late for the meeting.
The Kenya Kwanza presidential flag bearer and his running mate however were represented by Turkana governor Josphat Nanok and UDA Secretary-General Veronica Maina.
Nanok explained that Ruto and Gachagua missed the IEBC meeting because of confusion in the schedule issued by IEBC.
However, IEBC Chairperson Wafula Chebukati stressed that the meeting was scheduled for the morning and not in the afternoon as Nanok claimed.
“There was no afternoon session, the letter of invitation talked of 9 am so there was no afternoon session,” Chebukati said.
Ruto and Gachagua later arrived at the venue about 40 minutes later. It was reported that the two had another meeting which they had to attend.