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Kenya electoral commissioners resign from IEBC

Kenya electoral commissioners resign from IEBC

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. Chebukati was supported by commissioners Abdi Guliye and Boya Molu.

The National Super Alliance (NASA) coalition CEO Norman Magaya has scoffed at the three IEBC commissioners who resigned on Monday, claiming they stepped down because they wanted suspended CEO Ezra Chiloba to return.

Chebukati in a statement released Monday evening defended himself from accusations of treating other commissioners with mistrust saying the controversial decision to have IEBC Chief Executive Officer Ezra Chiloba sent on a three months compulsory leave was taken procedurally with three out of five commissioners voting in favor of the motion.

"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.

The exit of Vice Chairperson Connie Maina and commissioners Paul Kurgat and Margaret Mwachanya and last year's resignation of Roselyne Akombe has crippled the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC).

Chiloba is under probe over the alleged flawed procurement of 4,600 additional kits for the 2013 general election at a cost of Sh250 million. It is either Chiloba is reinstated or the entire commission goes down.

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He said he opted to pay Sh250 million instead of Sh460 million which had been recorded as pending bills.

"The money was paid and the devices delivered but if you check the records there is nowhere where it is recorded that we had the contract", Oswago said.

"The commission has since commenced an in-depth audit, which had necessitated sending the Commission Secretary/CEO on compulsory leave", he said.

"There are no longer good or bad commissioners in IEBC. The chairman could have waited for an appropriate time - when all the commissioners are in the country - to properly call a sitting to deliberate on the matter", they said. "This is a fundamental principle of corporate governance and does not in any way amount to weakness", he said.

He says Chebukati as well as other commissioners still in office should be bold enough to resign saying the Commission has lost trust and public goodwill.

"They also should have introduced a motion to ask the commission chair to review the plenary decision (to send Chiloba on compulsory leave)", Chebukati said.