The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) Vice Chair Juliana Cherera has resigned.
In a statement, on Monday, December 5, she noted that her stay is no longer tenable due to the current situation.
"It is with immense woe that today I tender my resignation as commissioner and vice chairperson of the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC).Former IEBC commissioners Wafula Chebukati and Juliana Cherera at a past eventMercy Media
"Since joining the commission, I have dispensed my duties diligently, meticulously and put a spirited effort in helping the commission deal with corporate governance issues under very difficult circumstances. As vice chairperson, I always advocated for fair treatment and equal opportunity for all staff.
According to the embattled vice-chair, her actions were misjudged, which led to her being labelled as a rebel against the current chair, Wafula Chebukati.
"However, my cumulative actions done in good faith are unfortunately misjudged and misinterpreted. After careful consideration of the current events at the commission and with consultation with my family and lawyers, I accept that my stay at the commission is no longer tenable and therefore choose to vacate.
"I sincerely thank His Excellency Hon. Dr. William Samoei Arap Ruto, The President of the Republic of Kenya for the opportunity accorded to me to serve the republic. God Bless."
Her resignation came days after President Ruto suspended the four IEBC commissioners; Cherera, Francis Wanderi, Irene Masit and Justus Nyang’aya.
This was to pave the way for investigations, by a nine-member tribunal, into their conduct after disputing the August 9 presidential election results.
"The mandate of the tribunal shall be to consider the petition for the removal of (1) Juliana Whonge Cherera, (2) Francis Mathenge Wanderi, (3) Irene Cherop Masit and (4) Justus Abonyo Nyang’aya from office as members of Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) and to inquire into the allegations therein," Ruto stated in a Gazette notice.
Following the suspension, Nyang'aya was the first commissioner to resign on Friday, December 2.Former IEBC commissioners Juliana Cherera (second left), Justus Nyang’aya, Francis Wanderi and Commissioner Irene Masit.Nation
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