Kenya: Ignore False Claims That the Former Chair of the Kenya’s Electoral Commission Has Died

Several social media posts claim that the former chair of Kenya’s Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC), Wafula Chebukati, has died.

The IEBC is responsible for managing elections in the East African country of 47 million people.

A slideshow on TikTok shows several photos of Chebukati and is captioned: “Chebukati died at German bye bye.”

Another features photos of Chebukati with a caption in a mix of Kiswahili and English that can be roughly translated as: “You just go. Don’t even RIP. There is no peace for you.”

The slideshows were posted in mid-May 2023 and together have received over 3,000 likes, 700 comments and 600 shares.

Other posts on Facebook, such as this one and this one, make the same claim.

As IEBC chair, Chebukati has faced controversy. But are the claims of his death true? We checked.

Chebukati criticism and praise

Wafula Chebukati is a Kenyan lawyer who served as IEBC chair from January 2017 until the end of his term in January 2023.

During this time he oversaw the 2017 and 2022 general elections. The results of the 2017 presidential election were annulled by the supreme court, leading to a rerun, the outcome of which was upheld by the same court.

Opposition leader Raila Odinga also challenged the outcome of the 2022 presidential election. Four of Chebukati’s fellow commissioners at one point rejected the result but the court upheld it.