Outspoken IEBC Commissioner Roselyne Akombe has confirmed that CEO Ezra Chiloba refused to resign because he is protected by very powerful people.
Akombe said commission hands were tied and the only option was for the chairman to appoint another team to oversee the exercise as ordered by the court given the time constraints.
“In a situation where they have refused to step aside, the chairman has no choice but to select a team that he has confidence in, that he wants to work with,” Akombe said.
“This is to make sure that those things are not repeated. It’s rare to get a second chance to make it right.”– Akombe added
Chiloba who masterminded the bungled August 8th polls should have resigned to pave way for afresh team to conduct a credible free and fair election as was ordered by the Supreme Court.
IEBC Chairman Wafula Chebukati drew the fresh team from among the commission’s secretariat to organize the October vote, comprising new heads of operations, logistics, training, legal, information technology and the national tallying cente
Akombe revelations confirms Raila was right and that more needs to be done for Uhuru statehouse operatives to let go the IEBC to do its work independently.
In his ruling, Supreme Court Chief Justice David Maraga said “irregularities and illegalities” had been committed by the electoral body in the Aug. 8 vote. The court’s detailed written judgment is due within 21 days of the ruling
Opposition has protested appointing of tainted commission staff whose role in the August 8th polls touched on criminal acts and should be prosecuted.