In Summary
  • Chiloba told the court he was yet to resume his duties, despite the court order.
  • In defence, IEBC said they were justified in suspending Mr Chiloba for the second time, pending the conclusion of an internal audit, which has been going on.

The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission chairman Wafula Chebukati and two other commissioners risk jail terms after a judge directed them to show why they should not be cited for disobeying a court order directing them to reinstate CEO Ezra Chiloba.

Justice Stephen Radido said Mr Chebukati and commissioners Abdi Yakub Guliye and Mr Boya Molu should show cause why contempt proceedings should not be commenced against them.

COURT ORDER

Through lawyer Andrew Wandabwa, the suspended chief executive officer 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 the Kiems kits and ballot papers, in addition to the manner in which last year’s presidential elections were conducted.

In defence, IEBC said they were justified in suspending Mr Chiloba for the second time, pending the conclusion of an internal audit, which has been going on.

The electoral agency said most of the people conducting the audit were answerable to Mr Chiloba and might be intimidated in the process.

On his part, Mr Chiloba said he was yet to be served with the preliminary report although adverse findings have been made against him.

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