Chiloba bounces back as court overturns decision sending him home

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BY NAMULONGO PETER,NAIROBI,14TH JUNE 2018-Embattled  Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission CEO Ezra Chiloba  can now breath easy  after the court   overturned  a decision by  the chair Wafula Chebukati  to send him on a six month compulsory leave to pave way for internal audit.

The Employment and Labour Relations  on Thursday   quashed the April 6 decision saying it did not comply with the IEBC Act.

The judge found that IEBC had other contractual options available to them before making the move but it did not consider them.

“In my view the compulsory leave was tantamount to removing him from office without complying with the IEBC Act,” he ruled.

Chairman Wafula Chebukati had defended the move insisting that sending Chiloba on leave was necessary to carry out comprehensive investigations into procurement related to last year’s General Election.

He argued  that the  decision was made in good faith to enable the commission audit all major purchases  made.

 

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