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BY JOAN WANJIKU,NAIROBI,3RD APRIL 2018-IEBC Chairman Wafula Chebukati says he and his remaining team will not resign unless found unfit to hold office.
Appearing before the Justice and legal affairs committee on Thursday Chebukati said they will continue to discharge their mandate as they await filling of the positions left by commissioners who are claimed to have resigned.
There has been pressure on Chebukati and other two remaining commissioners Boya Molu na Abdi Guliye to also follow suit and exit the commission after vice chair Consolata Maina Nkatha commissioners Paul Kurgat and Margret Mwachanya announced their exit.
“We believe that we have been called to resign out there but we don’t see that as a reason. We believe we are doing our job and the right thing. We can’t resign because others resigned,” Chebukati said.
“I don’t have a tool to measure public confidence. All I hear are a few voices out there.”
Chebukati said Kenya must rise above the debate on whether chairman or commissioners or secretariat should go.
“We should discuss how to improve the electoral process. We are committed to continuing discharging our duties as we wait for the filling of vacancies in the commission following the reported resignation of three commissioners,” he said.
Chebukati also was asked whether three former commissioners were still being paid their dues after resigning.
“I don’t know whether they are earning their salaries or not.. i wrote a letter to the treasury..we have not received any communication,” Chebukati said.
On April 16, vice-chair Consolata Maina led fellow commissioners Margaret Mwachanya and Paul Kurgat in quitting as divisions at the IEBC boiled over.
The other half – Chebukati and commissioners Abdi Guliye and Boya Molu – were left holding on.
Chebukati however says he asked CS Henry Rotich to stop their salaries but was not sure if that had happened.
“…they are not working for us. I haven’t received any response. So I don’t know if they have been paid the April salaries. They sent their resignation letters to the President but I thought it was in good taste if they copied the letters to me and to the head of public service,” he said.
Chebukati said the commissioners have not reported to work since April 16 and have not returned assets belonging to the commission.
“They have not returned commission items such as laptops, vehicles and drivers,” he said.
He wrote to the head of public service asking him to furnish him with copies of the resignation letters but noted that he had not received any response as well.
“I have not received any information on the commissioners either from them, head of public service or any authority,” he added.