In Summary
  • Mr Oswago, who left the commission acrimoniously in October 2013, told the committee that his problems with the commissioners started when he refused to approve the payments, saying they were illegal.

The investigations into the irregular procurements and payments at the electoral commission for the 2013 General Election got murkier Monday after it emerged that more than Sh250 million was paid  to a South African company in fictitious deals.

This was revealed  former Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission CEO Mr James Oswago  told his successor, Ezra Chiloba, to carry his own cross regarding the irregular payments.

AUDIT QUERIES

Mr Chiloba, who is on compulsory leave pending investigations into audit queries arising from the 2017 elections, had accused Mr Oswago of the mess at the commission, the subject of investigations by the National Assembly’s Public Accounts Committee.

Appearing before the watchdog committee Monday, Mr Oswago put Mr Chiloba on the spot for approving the payments to Face Technologies, which supplied the electronic voter identification devices (EVIDS) for the 2013 General Election outside the contract.

Mr Oswago, who left the commission acrimoniously in October 2013, told the committee chaired by Ugunja MP Opiyo Wandayi that his problems with the commissioners started when he refused to approve the payments, saying they were illegal.

“I was invoiced by the company but I declined to pay. It was my successor, Chiloba, who paid them,” Mr Oswago said adding; “This was against the public Procurement and Disposal Act, and I was not ready to get involved in an illegality.

Mr Oswago also blamed the commissioners for interfering with the commission’s management. n.

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