In Summary
  • The report wants IEBC commissioners Wafula Chebukati (chairman), members Boya Molu and Abdi Guliye to vacate office upon its adoption by the House to pave the way for “a more vibrant commission”.

  • It also wants former commissioners Consolata Nkatha (vice chairperson) and members Margaret Mwachanya and Paul Kurgat to be investigated for influencing contracts .

Members of the National Assembly have disagreed over a recommendation by a parliamentary committee to have the commissioners of the electoral agency vacate office.

Speaker Justin Muturi is expected on the matter next week.

The Public Accounts Committee (PAC), in its report of a special audit into the accounts of the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) by the Auditor General Edward Ouko, has indicted the commissioners for the loss of at least Sh9 billion. The money was used in the 2017 General Election. The PAC wants the IEBC team to vacate office immediately after the adoption of the report.

PAVE WAY

The report also recommended the commissioners be investigated for the loss of the money during the August 8, 2017 General Election and the fresh presidential election of October 26, 2017 and that those found culpable, be prosecuted accordingly.

However, when the report came up for debate yesterday, the leader of majority Aden Duale opposed the recommendations, saying they are unconstitutional and prompting Mr Muturi to promise to issue a ruling.

“The findings of the committee will not only offend the constitution if adopted, but lead to undesired results. It is on this basis that I invite you to find that the report and the findings of the committee in particular, are inadmissible as they are contrary to the constitution. This House shall not be used to violate a constitution that we swore to defend and preserve,” Mr Duale said.

The report wants IEBC commissioners Wafula Chebukati (chairman), members Boya Molu and Abdi Guliye to vacate office upon its adoption by the House to pave the way for “a more vibrant commission”.

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