Voter moves to court seeking removal of Wafula Chebukati as IEBC chairman

IEBC Chair Wafula Chebukati.

Nairobi, KENYA: A voter has moved to court seeking the removal of IEBC chairman Wafula Chebukati and the three remaining commissioners over the lack of quorum.

The voter by the name Isaiah Biwott stated on Thursday, that the commission is not properly constituted because of the exit of three commissioners and the resignation of Dr. Roselyn Akombe.

“The commission lacks the requisite quorum to conduct or carry any business,” Biwott says in court papers.

Biwott plea to the court is to stop the commission from conducting any pending by-elections as well as boundary reviews.

Three commissioners resigned from office on grounds that Chebukati failed to give proper leadership.

The three are vice chair Consolata Nkatha, Paul Kurgat, and Margaret Mwachanya, but it remains unclear whether they resigned as required by the law.

Their ‘exit’ left Chebukati, Commissioners Boya Molu, and Abdi Guliye, a situation that has limited IEBC from making key decisions for lack of quorum.

The downfall at IEBC started when Chebukati suspended CEO Ezra Chiloba “because of procurement issues”. This was regarded as a weighty matter that could not have been introduced as a by-the-way during the meeting.

In October last year, Commissioner Roselyn Akombe resigned from the IEBC saying she had received death threats.

Akombe resigned, saying the October 26 repeat presidential polls “absolutely” could not be credible as they were being organized by a very “divided commission”.