As suspended commissioner Irene Masit of the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission soldiers on with the fight which she now seems the only one of her three colleagues brave enough to take on, the price of her actions are becoming ever clearer to her as her personal and professional history is now being aired for all and sundry.
Naivasha constituency member of parliament Jayne Kihara was speaking while making an appearance on K24 during a one-on-one interview which was hosted by the station’s presenter Jeff Mote.
Kihara claimed that when Masit was proposed, nominated and finally appointed as a Commissioner with the electoral body, she was not only already working, but also working as one of the heads of a top tier organisation.
Adding that Masit has never been even once out of work since their days together in Narc Kenya, Kihara made it clear that the commissioner has also been a politician. She went ahead to allege to Mote that there must be someone powerful pushing Masit along, and who has always done so. She claimed that immediately after her stint in Narc Kenya, she was appointed as part of the Boundaries Allocation Commission which was headed by Andrew Ligale, and since then, it has been appointment after appointment for her.
Just this past week Masit caused a stir after claiming, through her attorney Donald Kipkorir, that the suspended IEBC commissioner was ordered by unnamed persons to resign by Friday, failure to which there would be unspecified consequences.
She also revealed to the tribunal that her staff including bodyguards and vehicle had been withdrawn despite her being on suspension and not having been sacked.
Responding to Masit’s reservations, the tribunal ruled that the hearings will proceed as the immediate former IEBC commissioners will be investigated individually.
The tribunal also adjourned its sessions to December 20, 2022.
“The commissioners applied for the jobs individually hence they’ll be investigated individually and not collectively. So your client won’t be victimized,” said Justice Muchelele.
The tribunal agreed to resume its session after the determination of a case against its mandate at the High Court on December 19, 2022.
The tribunal also challenged Masit to produce substantial evidence showing that she has indeed been threatened to resign but at the same time stated that her constitutional rights and privileges must be granted.
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