Kenya Independent Commissions Workers Union Withdraws Case Against IEBC

  • By Juliet Mutahi on Wednesday, 13 September 2017 - 12:56pm @julietlinda16 [email protected]
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    IEBC Chairman Wafula Chebukati (centre), Commissioner Roselyn Akombe and CEO Ezra Chiloba Facebook
  • The Kenya Independent Commissions Workers Union has withdrawn a case contesting disciplinary action against the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) Secretariat Officials.

    The Union through its lawyer apologised for unintended adverse consequences that resulted from the case that was filed in the Labour Court.

    They noted that their original intention was to safeguard the welfare of workers and ensure the due process was followed in regard to any disciplinary action.

    The letter read in part, “noting that the matter is amicably resolved internally we are duly instructed to withdraw the suit in its entirety which has been done. In the spirit of resolution, we trust this matter can be considered closed.”

    Earlier on the Union moved to court to block IEBC from taking disciplinary action against IEBC CEO Ezra Chiloba, ICT head James Muhati and 4 others.

    This came just hours after IEBC Chairman Wafula Chebukati wrote to Chiloba demanding answers on what went wrong during the August elections.

    Labour Court, however, declined to issue the order sought by the workers' union saying the matter certified as urgent will be heard on September 20.

    Chiloba demand that he be taken off the suit as he did not instruct the Union to take the action on his behalf. He also accused the Union officials of seeking publicity by filing the case.

    On Monday Chebukati announced that Chiloba would oversee the new project team he appointed to oversee the repeat presidential election.

    Speaking at a retreat in Naivasha Chebukati indicated that the commission had discussed issues that surrounded the August 8 election and will ensure there will be a smooth process on October 17.

     

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