Kipchumba Murkomen Gives IEBC Chair 7 Days to Resign

  • Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) Chairman Wafula Chebukati was on Monday asked by Elgeyo Marakwet Senator Kipchumba Murkomen to resign within the next seven days.

    In a tweet, Murkomen maintained that the electoral agency boss should step down or the lawmakers will form a tribunal which will facilitate his removal from office.

    The Elgeyo Marakwet Senator's remarks came moments after three IEBC commissioners announced their resignation citing lack of faith in Chebukati's leadership.

    Senator Murkomen further urged commissioners Abdi Guliye and Boya Molu to step down following the resignation of Consolata Maina, Paul Kurgat and Margaret Mwachanya.

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    Murkomen's tweet read: "Chebukati, Molu & Guliye MUST resign from IEBC within the next 7 days or we form a Tribunal to investigate them."

    The IEBC Commissioners can only be removed from office by invoking Chapter Fifteen of the Constitution.

    Article 251 of the Constitution of Kenya states that a Commissioner can be removed, either after a serious violation of this Constitution or any other law, gross misconduct, physical or mental incapacity to perform the functions of the office, incompetence and bankruptcy.

    Additionally, any person seeking to remove a member of the commission may present a petition to the National Assembly setting out the alleged facts constituting that ground.

    The National Assembly will then consider the petition and when satisfied, it will send it to the President who may decide to suspend the commissioner pending the outcome of the complaint or he shall appoint a tribunal in accordance with clause (5).

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    A commissioner suspended under this Article is entitled to continue to receive one half of their remuneration and benefits of the office.