IEBC boss Chebukati turns away resigned commissioners


Nairobi,KENYA: The Independent electoral and boundaries commission (IEBC) boss Wafula Chebukati, has maintained that the commissioners who resigned will not be accepted back in office.

Speaking briefly with the members of the press on Monday at the IEBC offices, Chebukati alluded that there is no office for the resigned commissioner to work in, since the commissioners had handed over commission assets in their possession having followed the due clearance procedures.

“They are not supposed to be working here as there is no place for them in the IEBC. They came on Friday and we were surprised,” Said Chebukati.

Following the exit of deputy vice chair Connie Maina, commissioner Margaret Mwachanya, Paul Kurgat and Roselyne Akombe, the IEBC body fall short of four commissioners.

Earlier on Friday, the three commissioners stormed the IEBC offices with an aim of meeting Chebukati over the matter without any success, rather, Chebukati strictly advised them to write what they want to be discussed inform of a letter as he does not know them as commissioners since their April resignation.

“I did not manage to see them but let them put what they want to tell me in writing but as far as I am concerned, they are no longer commissioners of IEBC and we don’t have offices of former commissioner,” he added.

Through a statement sent to the newsroom on Monday morning, IEBC chair said the three commissioners issued the public statement of their resignation on April 16.

Further, he added that each commissioner swore affidavits affirming their resignations in a petition pending before the High court, that they had submitted their letters to the president.