Three commissioners from the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) have announced their resignation today from the electoral body.
IEBC’s Vice Chairperson Connie Nkatha Maina, commissioners, Margaret Mwachanya and Paul Kurgat have announced their immediate exit from the commission stating “lack of faith” in chairman Wafula Chebukati and his leadership.
While addressing the media on Monday morning, the three said that the Chairman had on several occasions failed to be steady and stable hand to steer the commission.
“This race to chase ghosts that do not exist must stop. We must banish the external players from the commission boardroom, and regain the independence of the commission,” added the commissioners.
Under Mr. Chebukati’s leadership, they said, “the commission boardroom has become a venue for peddling misinformation, grounds for brewing mistrust, and a space for scrambling for and chasing individual glory and credit.”
The commission, which has been at war since the lead-up to August 8, 2017 elections, has become dysfunctional due to external interference, the commissioners said in a statement read by Ms. Mwachanya.
The move for the 3 commissioners to exit from the electioneering body comes exactly 10 days after IEBC’s CEO Ezra Chiloba was sent on compulsory leave by Wafula Chebukati.
The decision was made by the chairman, Mr. Chebukati with the support of commissioners Abdi Guliye and Boya Molu. Ms. Nkatha and Dr. Kurgat walked out of the meeting in protest while Ms. Mwachanya was away.