Kenya election officials quit, pressure on chairman to go

Kenya election officials quit, pressure on chairman to go

Cootow and Associates, founded by Mr Chebukati in February 2006, has represented the Independent Electoral and Boundaries (IEBC) in at least six election petitions.

According to sources within IEBC, Chebukati said that he will lead IEBC despite the resignation of half of three commissioners.

The officers said whereas the commission is supposed to function as a single unit, Chebukati has created an "us versus them", "Commissioners versus Secretariat", and "Chair versus CEO" situation, reiterating that in their view a failure by any part of a unit of the organization is a failure of the entire commission.

"Parliament is yet to enact legislation providing for the recruitment of commissioners subsequent to the first appointment or replacement in the event a vacancy occurs, further to paragraph 1 (2), First Schedule, IEBC Act", Chebukati stated in a statement.

Chebukati alongside Commissioners Abdi Guliye and Boya Molu supported the motion which was precipitated by an internal audit that unearthed non-adherence to procurement laws and plenary guidelines in the award and execution of five tenders in the period leading to last year's elections. "Instead, under his leadership the Commission's boardroom has become a venue for peddling misinformation, ground for brewing mistrust and a space for scrambling for and chasing individual glory and credit", they said in a joint statement.

"The chairman has, in several instances, failed to be the steady and stable hand to steer the commission ship", the three commissioners said.

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The trio further disclosed that the decision to suspend Chiloba was made in absence of some of the Commissioners.

Equally, they said, the meeting should have taken place when all commissioners were in the country, referring to Mwachanya who was in Dubai at the time. "The commission will give a comprehensive statement at an appropriate time", he said in a statement.

The Senate Leader of Minority noted Kenya will experience both political and constitutional crisis should the commission's Chairperson Wafula Chebukati not resign.

The development comes after Chebukati sent CEO Ezra Chiloba on compulsory leave even as the Commissioners claimed they were not consulted.

"Without a doubt a doubt it undermines the legitimacy of the Jubilee administration and confirms that its election was an electoral fraud", he added.

The commissioners' resignation leaves in office three other commissioners after Roselyn Akombe resigned in October a year ago saying she feared for her safety and that the IEBC as then constituted could not hold credible repeat elections.

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