Published: Mon, April 16, 2018
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Resignation of 3 IEBC commissioners confirms Jubilee govt is illegitimate - Orengo

Resignation of 3 IEBC commissioners confirms Jubilee govt is illegitimate - Orengo

Chebukati said he had learned of the resignations through the media, and would comment later.

Half of Kenya's electoral board has resigned "with immediate effect", as the commissioners cited lack of faith in the organisation's leadership.

They faulted Chebukati over how key decisions at the commission were being made, including last week sending of CEO Ezra Chiloba on a three-month compulsory leave.

The trio, Vice-Chairman Consolata Nkatha, Commissioners Paul Kurgat and Margaret Mwachanya, told a hurriedly-convened press conference in Nairobi that for far too long and way too many times Wafula Chebukati, the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) chairman, has failed to be the steady and stable hand that steers the ship in hard times and gives directions when needed. There are no longer good or bad commissioners at IEBC.

The three commissioners told a news conference on Monday morning that Chebukati had failed to provide leadership in the commission while accusing him of being antagonistic.

The fallout now leaves it with chair Wafula Chebukati, Prof.

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"For far too long and many times, the commission chair has failed to be the steady and stable hand that steers the ship in hard times and gives direction when needed. We must banish external players from the Commission Boardrooms and reclaim the Commission's independence" they said in the statement.

This follows Monday resignation of three officials from the commission in a surprise move.

Commissioner Mwachanya was said to be away at the time Chebukati convened the plenary meeting to discuss an internal audit which revealed gaps in the award of five election-related tenders.

Just before the October 30 re-run elections, and after an electoral commissioner fled Kenya for the USA, saying she feared for her life, Chebukati said he could not guarantee the polls would meet standards of fairness.

Commissioner Roselyn Akombe was the first to call it quit on October 18 previous year, a week to the October 26 repeat presidential poll. Abdi Guliye and Boya Molu.

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