In Summary
  • Mr Chiloba accused Mr Chebukati of orchestrating his removal.
  • In its defence, the commission said Mr Chiloba's suspension was justified, pending the conclusion of an internal audit.
  • The court also heard that there was possible gross breaches of the Public Finance Management Act.

Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission Chairman Wafula Chebukati and two other commissioners risk jail after a judge directed them to explain why they should not be cited for contempt.

The judge said Mr Chebukati and commissioners Abdi Guliye and Boya Molu should show cause why contempt proceedings should not be commenced against them for disobeying a court order directing them to reinstate the agency’s CEO Ezra Chiloba.

Through lawyer Andrew Wandabwa, the suspended CEO told the court he was yet to resume his duties despite the court order.

Mr Chiloba accused Mr Chebukati of orchestrating his removal because of differences on issues such as assignment of duties to staff, the procurement of election kits and ballot papers, in addition to the manner in which last year’s presidential election was conducted.

DEFENCE

In its defence, the commission said Mr Chiloba's suspension was justified, pending the conclusion of an internal audit.

The commission said most of the people con-ducting the audit were answerable to Mr Chiloba and might be intimidated in the process.

Mr Chiloba, however, said he is yet to be served with the preliminary report de-spite adverse findings being made against him.

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