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BY KORIR JUMA,NAIROBI,9TH APRIL 2018-Things are thick at IEBC after chairman Wafula Chebukati suspended CEO Ezra Chiloba.
WWW.UPESINEWS.CO.KE has established that the unpopular decision was arrived at following a hitch in procurement process which has left commissioners divided. It is not clear where it all went wrong in procurement section ,but the chair has in the past raised questions regarding a number of technology-related procurements.
The decision to sent Chiloba home was arrived at in order to create room for Investigation.
Chebukati and Chiloba have not had a cordial working relationship since the CEO resumed work this year.
The Opposition has demanded Chiloba’s removal, saying he rigged the bungled August 8 election, in which Uhuru Kenyatta was declared the winner.
It said he could not be trusted to oversee the October 26 presidential rerun.
Chiloba had taken leave from mid-October and only resumed work in January. Commission sources said the two were not seeing eye to eye and rarely spoke to each other.
The decision to send Chiloba packing was made last week. Attempts to serve him with the suspension letter on Friday failed because the CEO had left his office before the letter was delivered.
“It was taken to his office but the secretary refused to receive it and insisted that the bearer should serve her boss himself,” a senior IEBC official said.
Commissioner in charge of Human resources Boya Molu is expected to hand Chiloba the letter this morning.
According to Chebukati’s personal assistant Wilfred Lusi, the IEBC boss flew out of the country to Nigeria on Saturday and will back on Friday.
Three commissioners — Chebukati, Abdi Guliye and Molu — reportedly made decision that has divided the commission and sent panic throughout the secretariat.
Two commissioners — vice chair Consolata Maina and Paul Kurgat — are reported to have opposed the decision. Maina is said to have protested the move and stormed out of the meeting, saying she would not be party to the decision.
The move could have far reaching repercussions on the functionality of the entire commission which has some important tasks a head.Among them is boundaries delineation which will be vital for the 2022 election. The CEO by law makes the day-to-day decisions; other commissioners cannot.
Without Chiloba it will be hard for the commission to function unless he is recalled or replaced.