Ezra Chiloba Simiyu who has been appointed the new Chief Executive Officer of Kenya’s electoral commission will sanctimoniously fail, and plunge the country into another post-election orgy.
Several high placed sources who know the man claim he may have faked so many things to emerge the regime favourite and points to a dubious recruitment process by PHC which had been contracted by IEBC to undertake the process.
Diplomats who knew him when he worked for UN body say the man ‘talks too much but very useless’ as his sacking by UNDP wad due to poor performance in a job less demanding than the current job he has been given of heading the country’s complex electoral organization.
Simiyu is also facing accusations of being a ‘coward and yesman’ who will easily be compromised considering the big money involved in electoral contests in Kenya.
The recruiting agency, PriceWaterHouseCoopers, which delivered his name is accused to have colluded with top government and IEBC officialsÂ to sail him through.
Immediately, Jubilee Alliance endorsed him as other political players cry foul.
CORD’s co-principal and former Vice President Kalonzo Musyoka has termed the recruitment an attempt to cover structural flaws in IEBC and that the body’s credibility questions cannot be cured by mere appointment of the titular head of the secretariat.
Speaking for the Wiper Party, Kalonzo said his views on the IEBC remains unchanged. Like his other coalition partners, Hon. Musyoka, a proponent of Okoa Kenya referendum, has consistently called for total overhaul of the electoral body.
CORD has so far prepared a draft referendum bill which seeks to address several gaps in the 2010 constitution owing to the experiences the country has undergone under the Jubilee regime.
ODM is yet to make a stand on the new IEBC official but Secretary General Kalonzo Musyoka appeared doubtful of Simiyu’s ability to steer the organization better than indicted James Oswago, now facing several charges in court.
A British Court has already indicted the company which distributed ballot papers during Kenya’s 2013 elections for bribing top IEBC officials.
The company, Smith and Ouzman, had earlier been accused by CORD for printing over a million extra ballot papers which through collusion by IEBC was used in the 2013 elections to benefit some candidates in that election.