IEBC chair candidate Taib Ali Taib/ file photo
BY UPESI NEWS REPORTER,NAIROBI,19TH DEC 2016-Former Mombasa Mayor Taib Ali Taib was the first to appear before the interviewing panel for the independent election and boundaries Commission chair position on Monday. He told the Bernadette Musundi lead panel that he will restore public confidence in the commission and asked the panel to go for a person of integrity.
On the issue of gender equality he says that if given the opportunity to serve as the chair of the commission he will ensure that the commission implements the gender rule in totality as it is an constitutionally constituted body. He also promised to implement the best practical practices in electoral reforms.
As a layer Taib did not escape a question to that effect .He was asked about a client he represented in court in his capacity as a layer in 1990s a case which was riddled with controversy with the client claiming that he did not get justice.Taib defended himself saying that to this date that case is still ongoing and he is still following up.
Four more candidates are scheduled to be interviewed Monday at the county hall in Nairobi.Florance Mwangangi was the second candidate to appear before the panel on Monday. Advocates Wanyonyi Wafula Chebukati, Tukero Ole Kina and and Lucas Leperes Ole Naikuni will be interviewed respectively on the first day of the search for Issack’s replacement.
Taib, who runs a private law firm, was part of the six-member Commission of Inquiry set up by President Uhuru Kenyatta following calls for dissolution of Makueni county government.
Mwangangi was the former LSK representative at the JSC whereas Wanyonyi is a managing partner at Cootow and Associates Advocates.
The selection panel, , called for more applications after shortlisting five out of 13 persons who had expressed interested in the job.
Devolution expert Dr Mutakha Kangu, Roseline Odhiambo-Odede, who was a member of the now defunct Judges and Magistrates Vetting Board, were among those who were settled on.