- Mwachanya was at pains to explain to the National Assembly's Public Accounts Committee why the IEBC fully paid for her trip, including allowances for four days, and an air ticket.
- She defended the training saying that her honorary doctorate was awarded due to her work in public service, not just at the electoral commission.
A former IEBC commissioner is on the spot for spending Sh1.7 million to attend a leadership training in London that had no relation to the commission’s work.
The four-day training at London Graduate School, that was attended by Ms Margaret Mwachanya, was fully funded by the electoral commission in April, just 12 days before she and two other commissioners resigned.
Ms Mwachanya was at pains on Wednesday to explain to the National Assembly Public Accounts Committee why the IEBC fully paid for her trip, including an air ticket and allowances for four days.
She defended the training saying her honorary doctorate was awarded due to her work in public service, not just at the electoral commission.
Ms Mwachanya added that the skills she gained at the session helped the commission in various ways, but she did not elaborate on this.
Before joining the IEBC, she served in the public service board of Taita-Taveta County and taught Kiswahili in various schools around the country.
She holds a master's degree in Kiswahili studies from the University of Nairobi, having earned a bachelor’s degree in Kiswahili from Catholic University of Eastern Africa.