IEBC camp divided over Chiloba suspension

    The Independent Election and Boundary Commission (IEBC) camp is differing over CEO Exra Chiloba’s suspension. This is following IEBC VP Connie Maina’s decision to ask Chiloba back to work. The move comes only days after the Chairman Wafula Chebukati sent Mr Chiloba home for three months

    Chebukati made the decision to suspend Chiloba last Friday. However, according to media reports,Ms Maina and Commissioner Paul Kurgat walked out of the meeting in protest. The removal of the CEO had been introduced by the chairman under “Any other Business” during the monthly meeting.

    Also read: IEBC CEO Ezra Chiloba suspended

    Internal wrangles

    After receiving the suspension notice, Chiloba is said to have written to Maina, acting chairperson in the absence of Chebukati. Chiloba wrote to protest the grounds of his suspension, offering to go on leave instead. Ms. Maina then wrote back asking the CEO to stay on and await the next decision.

    The commission currently has six commissioners after Roselyn Akombe fled the country and resigned shortly before the October 26 repeat presidential election, citing internal strife within the commission as well as personal security fears. Friday’s was the seventh attempt by Chebukati to oust his CEO in the last one year and the third after last year’s presidential election. A similar move was frustrated on March 16.



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