Friday, 16 November, 2018

Three Kenya electoral commissioners quit

Three Kenya electoral commissioners quit Three Kenya electoral commissioners quit
Patty Aguilar | 16 April, 2018, 23:31

Margaret Mwachanya and Paul Kurgat said the electoral agency's boardroom had turned into a venue for peddling money, misinformation and grounds for brewing mistrust.

The resignations of the three commissioners leave only two and the chairman at the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) which last week sent its chief executive on three months' compulsory leave pending an audit on procurement matters.

The officers have cited that the chairman Wafula Chebukati has failed to give proper leadership.

IEBC vice-chairperson Connie Nkatha Maina and commissioners Margaret Mwachanya and Paul Kurgat said they had left the commission because they have no faith in chairman Wafula Chebukati and his leadership.

"The Commission Chair has failed to be the steady and stable hand that t steers the ship in hard times and gives directions when needed", declared the officials. "Consequently we regret to announce our resignation from the commission with immediate effect", they said.

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The trio who held a joint press address from a Nairobi hotel, said under Chebukati's leadership external cartels had encroached on the commission's independence.

Additionally, they mentioned that the removal of the Commission CEO, Ezra Chiloba, is a weighty matter and ought not to have been introduced as "a by a way".

Senator Kipchumba Murkomen of the ruling Jubilee Party is now calling for commission head Wafula Chebukati to step down and for the IEBC to be disbanded.

"It is basically a confirmation of problems that have been bedeviling IEBC and particularly the management of IEBC by the chair, Mr. Chebukati", said Murkomen.

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