Published: Tue, April 17, 2018

Orengo Sends Hard-hitting Message to IEBC Chairman Wafula Chebukati

Orengo Sends Hard-hitting Message to IEBC Chairman Wafula Chebukati

"For too long and way too many times, the commission chair has failed to be the steady and stable hand that steers the ship in hard times, and gives directions when needed", the three IEBC chiefs said.

IEBC chairperson Wafula Chebukati said he had learnt of the commissioners' resignation from news reports and would respond after he was formally informed.

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.

Magaya claimed that the three commissioners who resigned on Tuesday; Consolata Maina, Margaret Mwachanya and Paul Kurgat were part of a Ruto wing at the commission that was acting on the DP's instructions.

Magaya also alleged IEBC Vice Chair Consolata Maina, commissioners Paul Kurgat and Margaret Mwachanya were working for Deputy President William Ruto.

"With the deteriorating mistrust at the commission, we feel that our position as commissioners is no longer tenable and we regret to tender our resignations with immediate effect", the three said in the statement read by Ms Mwachanya. "Savage I must say", Magaya said in a Twitter post seen by moments after the commissioners announced their resignation.

"We must banish external players from the commission boardroom and reclaim the commission's independence", she said.

While insisting that they were not against due process in the case against the CEO, the three said Chebukati failed to follow the due process. He said he knew of their resignation through the media like every other Kenyan.

The head of the Electoral Law and Governance Institute in Africa, Felix Odhiambo, says the overhaul of the commission means it will be hard to know what happened in 2017 presidential vote.

"The challenges of the 2017 elections call for the commission to self-reflect and to institutionalize best practices". Kenyatta won the repeat election after opposition leader Raila Odinga boycotted it citing lack of electoral reforms.

In his statement, Chebukati urged Parliament to move with speed and enact legislation providing for the replacement of commissioners in the event a vacancy occurs as contemplated in the First Schedule of the IEBC Act.

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