Transcend Media sues IEBC over Shs 150m debt, wants Chiloba jailed

Kenyan Report Correspondent,

October 31st, 2017,

A Kenyan communication and advertising firm that has a presence in 7 other countries has sued the Independent Electoral and Boundary Commission (IEBC) for failing to pay it for services if offered during the 2013 general election amounting to Kshs 150 million.

The case comes hours after the electoral agency announced Uhuru Kenyatta the winner of last week’s presidential re-run.

On Tuesday morning Transcend Media filed a case at Milimani court saying it wants the agency to pay it the outstanding debt and Ezra Chiloba, IEBC chief executive jailed for contempt of court.

The firm claims that IEBC flouted a previous court order that directed it to award them the payment for services rendered. It says, “On July 20th, the court awarded us Kshs 150million to be paid by the electoral agency but it has since failed to clear the debt.”

The firm had filed a petition seeking a payment of Kshs 198 million in 2014 and wanted Chiloba to be convicted for a term not less than six months.

Transcend Media through its director’s affidavit Mr. Lai Muthoka says that the electoral agency had contracted it to offer a comprehensive implementation of a media campaign strategy ahead of the polls. Adding that, the purpose of the contract was to enable IEBC carry out successful elections which they delivered.

The firm feels that it would be fair if the commission is compelled to pay the complete sum.



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