IEBC CEO Ezra Chiloba Files Petition Against Chairman Wafula Chebukati

  • IEBC Chief Executive Officer Ezra Chiloba on Thursday moved to court in a bid to block his suspension from the commission.

    The IEBC executive officer asked the court to grant temporary orders to allow him to resume work. 

    Chiloba, in his suit papers, named IEBC chairman Wafula Chebukati, commissioners  Abdi Yakub Guliye and Boya Molu for sending him on compulsory leave last week on Friday.

    He termed their decision as a witchhunt, malicious and unlawful.

    [caption caption="IEBC CEO Ezra Chiloba"][/caption]

    The CEO noted that the decision was reached in the presence of only three commissioners contrary to provisions governing the conduct of the business affairs of the electoral agency. 

    According to the law, a quorum of five is required to reach a decision to send a commissioner of the electoral body on suspension.

    Pressure was mounted on Chiloba to go on compulsory leave to pave way for investigation of procurement irregularities.

    Chebukati defended the agency's decision stating: "The commissions' plenary meeting held on April 6 received and discussed an audit report on some procurement matters."

    He added: "Subsequently, it was decided by a majority voting to expand audit scope and that the CEO proceeds on compulsory leave for three months."

    [caption caption="IEBC CEO Ezra Chiloba with Chairman Wafula Chebukati"][/caption]

    The chair noted that the leave of absence will enable a comprehensive audit of issues that have arisen in the procurement department.