BY NAMULONGO PETER,NAIROBI,10TH APRIL 2018-The move to send IEBC Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Ezra Chiloba on compulsory leave was necessary and will create an enabling environment a comprehensive audit of issues of procurement at the polls body.
This has been said by Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) Chairman Wafula Chebukati.
Through a statement send to newsrooms, Chebukati said that the decision was not unilateral but was arrived at by a majority of vote and would ensure the audit is concluded comprehensively.
“The Commissions’ plenary meeting held on Friday 6th April received and discussed an audit report on some procurement matters. Subsequently, it was decided through a majority voting to expand audit scope and that the CEO proceeds on compulsory leave for a period of three months to enable conclusion of the audit,” he stated.
He further added that by making the decision to carry out an audit, the Commission was undertaking its role to safeguard public resources.
The CEO was served the leave notice on Saturday pending investigations into the procurement queries.The move is reported to have caused divisions among the commissioners at the commission with a section supporting it and others opposing.