Days after President Uhuru Kenyatta announced mass vacancy at the Kenyan Poll body Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) reports have emerged of an alleged plot to kick out the commission’s chair Wafula Chebukati.
Details have emerged of the plans by a section of the politicians to eject Wafula Chebukati and two other commissioners from their current positions.
This is after a senior official from Raila’s ODM claimed that part of the electoral reforms ahead of the 2022 general elections was to see them out, hence declaring the vacancies.
The official added that the recruitment was to pave way for their exit, to avoid a vacuum at a time when the country is preparing for the referendum.
“I can say this with authority that the process of recruiting new commissioners will pave way for the sacking of the current team, and then we will get to the crux of the matter of reforming the commission,” said the official.
Sources further say that part of the scheme involved presenting a petition to the Parliament citing gross misconduct by the commissioners in 2017 polls.
“We have so many grounds as a basis for their removal. There is a report in Parliament by the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) that indicted the commissioners,” added the source.
The electoral body has for the past three years running been under the control of chairman Wafula Chebukati, commissioners Abdi Guliye, and Boya Molu following the resignation of their four colleagues.
Through a gazette notice dated April 14, 2021, President Uhuru made the declaration in accordance with section 7A (2) of the IEBC Act, 2011.
“I declare vacancies in the positions of four members of the independent electoral and boundaries commission,” the notice read in part.
The commission’s four commissioners Roselyne Akombe, Margaret Mwachanya, Paul Kurgat, and Consolata Nkatha resigned after the 2017 general elections.