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BY NAMULONGO PETER,NAIROBI, 27TH AUG 2018-Show down looms at the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) after Chairman Wafula Chebukati insisted that the commissioners who returned to their offices on Friday resigned and are not welcome back.
Chebukati in a statement to the newsrooms, said the three commissioners including former vice-chairperson Consolata Maina, Paul Kurgat and Margaret Mwachanya issued a public statement of their resignation on April 16.
Mr Chebukati said the three filed and submitted their clearance forms – having surrendered the commission’s assets and were cleared by the secretariat.
Ms Maina and Ms Mwachanya stormed the commission’s offices last Friday, saying they are effectively still in office despite having announced their resignations in a press conference.
The two arrived at the commission mid-morning and went to Mr Chebukati’s office who left after refusing to see them, describing them as strangers whom he could only meet on appointment.
Mr Chebukati said he wrote to the three commissioners on April 20 asking them why they have never reported to their offices or issued the commission with letters confirming their resignations.
He claims that they have never responded or reported to their offices at Anniversary Towers.
He further says they each swore affidavits affirming their resignations in a petition pending before the High Court, that they had submitted their letters to the President.
In a ruling, Justice Wilfrida Okwny said the issue of the commissioners’ alleged resignation was an issue that was neither here nor there and was not proved by any tangible evidence.