Wafula Chebukati responds after 3 IEBC commissioners resign
5 months ago, 16 Apr 17:31
- Chebukati said he only learnt about the resignation through the media
- The chair also said he will issue a more comprehensive statement at a later date
- The three IEBC commissioners resigned citing lack of faith in Chebukati's leadership
- Crisis at the commission began with the suspension of CEO Chiloba
The IEBC chairperson Wafula Chebukati has cast doubt on reports of the resignation of three commissioners after he claimed he was yet to receive any official communication on the matter.
In a statement seen by TUKO.co.ke, Chebukati said he only learnt about the alleged resignation of Vice Chairperson Conslata Nkatha Maina and two commissioners Paul Kurgat and Margaret Mwachanya through the media.
“I learned from the media reports that three of my commissioners have resigned today (April 16). I am yet to receive formal communication on the matter," his statement read.
The IEBC boss further said the commission would issue a more comprehensive statement at a later date.
Chebukati’s remarks come just as Kenyans were coming to terms with reports that the commission was on the verge of a potential crisis following the alleged resignation of the officials.
According to reports, the officials quit on grounds that Chebukati had failed to provide the required leadership to steer the commission in the right direction.
“…the commission’s boardroom has become a venue for peddling money, misinformation, grounds for brewing mistrust and a space for scrambling for individual glory and credit.” part of the statement as read out by the IEBC commissioners stated.
The news came as a shocker given Wafula had sent Chief Executive Officer Ezra Chiloba on a compulsory leave one week ago.
Immediately news broke of the resignation, Elgeyo Marakwet Senator Kipchumba Murkomen demanded the remaining officials to follow suit or face a tribunal.
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