Former IEBC CEO Ezra Chiloba Explains Why He was Fired

  • Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) suspended chief executive officer Ezra Chiloba explained why he was fired.

    Through his Twitter account, Chiloba announced Friday evening that his employment had been terminated for failing to appear before the disciplinary committee of the commission.

    "I received the employment termination letter signed by the chairman about an hour ago, Chiloba remarked in a statement he posted on Twitter.

    "The letter claims that I had twice been invited to appear before the disciplinary committee of the commission, but failed to show up, hence the decision to terminate my employment," he added.

    Chiloba turned down an invitation to appear before the disciplinary committee to defend himself over audit queries on Thursday.

    He was to appear before the disciplinary committee at the agency's headquarters in Nairobi but 48 hours before the scheduled sitting at the IEBC offices, he wrote to chairman Wafula Chebukati informing him of his change of heart.

    The embattled CEO's letter read: “I wish to reiterate the contents of my letter to you dated September 18, 2018. I am unable to prepare and/or conduct my substantive response to the audit queries raised, having been denied access to the office, staff and relevant documentation. 

    It further added: "Neither am I able to respond to the disciplinary cause, which is wholly founded upon the supposed audit, for the same reason."

    Chiloba was initially scheduled to appear before the committee on September 24 but requested for an alternate date as he had travelled out of the country to the US until October 5.

    Reports claim that the disciplinary committee resolved to proceed and make a decision without further reference to Chiloba since he had twice ignored the summons to appear before the committee to give his side of the story.