In Summary
  • .The matter concerns irregularities in the August general election as well as the fresh presidential election in October.
  • Chiloba has accused the commission led by Chebukati of directly interfering with the procurement process some involving billions of shillings.
  • Chebukati said various inaccurate adverse misrepresentations have been levelled against the commission, commission chairman and serving commissioners “warranting the exercise of the right of reply”.

Three members of the electoral commission have requested a National Assembly committee to allow them to respond to adverse mentions by sacked chief executive Ezra Chiloba in the irregular procurement case.

The matter concerns irregularities in the August general election as well as the fresh presidential election in October.

CLEARNAMES

In a letter to the House Clerk Michael Sialai, Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) chairman Wafula Chebukati and Commissioners Boya Molu and Abdi Guliye, want the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) to give them an opportunity to clear their names.

“The commission is seeking an opportunity to respond to the adverse inaccurate statements and misrepresentations by former CEO/ Secretary and former commissioners as well as to adequately inform PAC’s deliberations and consequent report,” Mr Chebukati says in the December 4, 2018 letter.

The commission, as well as its former commissioners and former employees, have variously appeared before the committee to respond to the auditor general Edward Ouko on the major procurements for the general election and fresh presidential election.

HOSTILITY

In the letter, Mr Chebukati said that various inaccurate adverse misrepresentations have been levelled against the commission, commission chairman and serving commissioners “warranting the exercise of the right of reply”.

“Particularly, the former CEO/ secretary and former commissioners have in the past expressed open hostility and ill-will against the commission,” he said.

Ugunja MP Opiyo Wandayi, who chairs PAC, a watchdog committee said that said that Mr Chebukati and his commissioners will have a right to fair hearing under the law.

“We shall give them an opportunity to respond to the alleged accusations in January 2019,” Mr Wandayi said as the House went on a long recess on Thursday.

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