In Summary
  • But in an admission of what bedevils the already crippled commission, Mr Chebukati said there was no mechanism to fill the four vacant posts.

  • “Parliament is yet to enact legislation providing for the recruitment of commissioners subsequent to the first replacement in the event a vacancy occurs,” said Mr Chebukati.

  • “As such, we are requesting the relevant government organs to act appropriately to ensure that the commission’s operations are not stifled.”

A defiant Wafula Chebukati has vowed to stay put at the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC), accusing the three commissioners who quit on Monday of being unable to accommodate divergent views.

In a three-page statement, Mr Chebukati said that all was well at the commission despite the quitting of Connie Nkatha Maina (vice-chair), Dr Paul Kurgat, and Ms Margaret Mwachanya.

MEETINGS

"The commission assures the public that its operations are on course and we remain focused on delivering our constitutional mandate," Mr Chebukati said in a statement.

"As the chairman, I am committed to the course of transforming the country's electoral management body to make it more responsive and professional."

The embattled IEBC chair said the Nkatha trio had not resigned out of principle, but “the real reason for their resignation is the plenary decision to hold commission secretary (Ezra Chiloba) to account.”

"Their action demonstrates lack of capacity to lead in difficult times and accommodate divergent views," said Mr Chebukati. 

The commissioners, Mr Chebukati said, had a chance to air their grievances during a crisis meeting held in Naivasha on April 13, which he said they did not.

“They would also have introduced a motion to ask the commission chair the plenary decision,” Mr Chebukati said in the statement.

BY-ELECTIONS

But in an admission of what bedevils the already crippled commission, Mr Chebukati said there was no mechanism to fill the four vacant posts.

“Parliament is yet to enact legislation providing for the recruitment of commissioners subsequent to the first replacement in the event a vacancy occurs,” said Mr Chebukati.

“As such, we are requesting the relevant government organs to act appropriately to ensure that the commission’s operations are not stifled.”

Mr Chebukati said the by-elections in Kinondo and Rugru county assembly wards would go on.

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