IEBC Scandal Involving Wafula Chebukati Exposed

  • A fresh scandal emerged at the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) after Chairman Wafula Chebukati was accused of awarding tenders to a law firm he founded - Cootow and Associates.

    The information was leaked to the press in what seems to be a retaliatory attack after IEBC CEO Ezra Chiloba was suspended from the commission.

    The firm is said to have represented the commission in six election petitions filed soon after the August 2017 General Election.

    The petitions involved the Likoni, Ikolomani and Kilifi North national assembly seats, woman representative contested polls in Mombasa and Kilifi counties and the governor’s seat poll in Migori County.

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

    Mr Chebukati's official position on the matter was that he only founded the firm and was no longer in active service at the firm.

    Tabitha Mutemi, a communications manager at the elections commission asserted that the firm had been contracted following due procedures.

    She further defended the IEBC chairman stating that the Registrar of Companies would be able to confirm that Chebukati had resigned from the law firm.

    She further cast the blame on the suspended CEO outlining that Mr Chiloba was unilaterally allocated the task of awarding tenders and contracts without involving the IEBC board.

    On Sunday, commissioner Boya Molu was forced to respond to accusations of having misappropriated IEBC assets for his personal errands.

    Mr Bulu denied having used IEBC lorries to transport building materials from Nairobi to his construction site in Uri Hill, Marsabit County.

    [caption caption="IEBC Chairman Wafula Chebukati with Commissioner Boya Molu"][/caption]