“However, we shall not allow them to introduce new matters since they had concluded their evidence before the committee. We plan to present our report to the House immediately we resume from recess in February,” he said.

CHILOBA'S CLAIMS

When he appeared before the committee last week, Mr Chiloba accused the commission led by Mr Chebukati of directly interfering with the procurement process some involving billions of shillings.

He noted that Mr Chebukati influenced the award of tenders to his law firm Cootow and Associates, worth millions of shillings to represent the agency in 2017 election petitions across the country.

He also claimed the commissioners openly voted to overturn the Sh3.8 billion supply of Kenya Integrated Election Management (KIEMs) kits which had been awarded to Gemalto in favour of OT- Morpho that would later be paid over Sh6 billion.

The commission, he said also sought to have the Sh2.5 billion ballot paper printing firm given to a company of their choice only for the court to rule that Al Ghurair, a Dubai based firm, be awarded.

CONTRADICTION

Mr Chiloba’s testimony contradicted that which Mr Chebukati gave the watchdog committee earlier.

He said the commission was never briefed about the procurement process ahead of the election and that when he tried, he was reminded that the commissioners needed to stick to their policy formulation mandate.

The murky waters at the commission saw three commissioners Connie Nkatha (Vice chairperson) and commissioners Margaret Mwachanya and Paul Kurgat resign saying that their continued stay at the commission was untenable and accused Mr Chebukati of incompetence.

When they appeared before the committee on Monday this week, the three former commissioners blamed Mr Chebukati of micromanaging procurement processes at the commission.

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