Juliana Cherera is the new vice chairperson of the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC). The IEBC had been without a chairperson since the resignation of Connie Maina in 2018, hence the election of Cherera, unanimously during a meeting held at the commission boardroom.
Early Life, Age and Place of Birth
There are scanty details on Juliana Cherera’s place of birth, early life as well as her family. Some sources however reveal the she was born in the central region of Kenya.
Juliana Cherera is an educated lady who is a trained Early Childhood Development Education (ECDE) teacher. This was her first career. Cherera later advanced her studies and went to Kenyatta University where she attained a Bachelor of Arts degree in Education, specializing in Geography and Kiswahili.
Later on, Cherera went to Kenya Methodist University (KEMU), where she attained a master of Education, Leadership, and Educational Management.
Juliana has over 18 years of experience in the public sector of Education and Management. She also worked as the CEO of the strategic Delivery Unit at the Mombasa County government. Other positions she held before joining IEBC include; Member of the Mombasa County Emergency Household Relief and Nutritional Support Project Coordination Committee, Secretary to the Mombasa County Economic Recovery and Legacy Strategy, a Member of the Kenya Devolution Support Program Committee.
On the 14th of September 2021, the IEBC chairman Wafula Chebukati issued a statement announcing Juliana Cherera as the new Vice Chairperson of the commission, elected unanimously in a plenary meeting;
“The commission takes this opportunity to congratulate Commissioner Cherera on her appointment. The commission would like to assure all stakeholders and the public in general of its commitment to delivering a free, fair and credible 2022 General Elections that meets the democratic aspirations of the people of Kenya,” Read part of the statement.
Disowning Election Results
Four commissioners of the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) led by Juliana Cherera called a press conference on the 15th of August 2022 at the Serena Hotel and disowned the presidential results that were released by the chairman Wafula chebukati. As per the results, William Samoei Ruto of UDA Political party was declared the winner, having garnered 7,152,655 votes. His competitor Raila Amolo Odinga garnered 6,942,708 vote.
Speaking to members of the press, Vice-Chairperson Juliana Cherera and her team cited that they aren’t part of the results of the final phase of tallying since ‘opaqueness’ was noted in the electoral process.
“We have done the 2022 general election in the most efficient manner. We have ensured that all the challenges have been contained.” Commissioner Cherera said.
“We have made sure that we have improved the standards and and we say as a fact as commissioners we have a done a good job.
“But some things need to be put out there as you can see the four of us are here and not at Bomas where the results is going to be announced because of the opaque nature of how this phase has been handled. We, therefore, cannot take ownership of this result that is going to be announced.” Juliana added.
Juliana Cherera Net Worth
Cherera, a former teacher registers a net worth of Ksh16.6 million. She owns 11 acres of land in Kwale, 1.5 acres of land in Kilifi, one acre of land in Makinnon Market and a two-acre tea farm in Meru South.
She also owns a Ksh 3 million family house in Mtwapa, 10,000 shares at a telco company valued at Ksh 430,000, shares at Mwalimu Sacco worth Ksh 328,000 and a vehicle worth Ksh 2.4 million.
|Real Name||Juliana Whonge Cherera|
|Age||54 years old|
|Place of Birth||Central Province|
|Net Worth||Ksh.16.6 million|