IEBC CEO Ezra Chiloba Defies Suspension Orders by Wafula Chebukati

  • Suspended Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) CEO Ezra Chiloba has defied suspension orders issued by the commission's Chairman Wafula Chebukati.

    Chiloba was sent on a three-months compulsory leave by Chebukati to pave way for investigations following revelations of procurement irregularities in the commission - a role that the CEO oversees.

    However, a report by NTV indicates that he was working, as usual, both on Monday and Tuesday in what is seen as an act of defiance.

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    His suspension has been marred by controversy with reports indicating that two of the commissioners disputed the move an action supported by two others. 

    One commissioner is said to have confirmed that the CEO was suspended although the commissioners were yet to receive a copy of the suspension letter.

    The IEBC secretariat or the commission is yet to issue out any official communication regarding Chiloba's fate.

    Speaking to Kenyans.co.ke on Tuesday, Chiloba revealed that he will soon issue a statement regarding the ongoing stalemate between him and the commission's chairman.

    Issuing the suspension notice, Chebukati stated: "The 3 months leave is to enable conclusion of the audit. It is important to note that in making the decision to carry out a comprehensive audit, the Commission is performing its oversight role to safeguard public resources."

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    Chiloba had earlier on revealed that the suspension memo issued to him by the chairman via email was not copied to other commissioners.