I will not resign, Chebukati says after three quit
8 months ago, 17 Apr 14:52
Embattled IEBC chairman Wafula Chebukati yesterday said that he will not resign despite his leadership of the commission being disparaged by three colleagues.
But as he put on a brave face, the die was cast, as political opinion converged on the need to clean out the stables and restructure the commission.
Chebukati was struck by news of the resignation of his Vice Chair Connie Maina, Commissioners Paul Kurgat and Margret Wanjala as he began a meeting with staff at Anniversary Towers.
"The chairman was caught totally unawares. When he started the meeting, he told us that Mwachanya was away on official duty, Kurgat was on leave and Maina was on her way to attend the meeting,” a member of staff said..
“Once the news broke, the chair looked very shocked but put up a brave face,” said the senior staff.
“He also told us that work will continue even as staff challenged him to explain if the commission was properly constituted with quorum to transact business.”
He told the staff that he will not resign because each commissioner is appointed to serve in their individual capacity.
With Roselyn Akombe having quit days before the October 26 repeat presidential election and CEO Ezra Chiloba suspended, the chairman is now bereft of a quorum to run the affairs of the commission.
He was left with only two commissioners: Abdi Guliye and Boya Molu. By their resignation, they effectively rendered those remaining useless, as the commission lacks the quorum to function. The courts have previously ruled in the case of the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission that a commission is not legally constituted without commissioners.
The IEBC Act 2012 (Clause 5) states that “the quorum for the conduct of business at a meeting of the Commission shall be at least five members of the Commission.”
It further states that the CEO shall be the secretary of all the meetings of the commission.
The High Court last month struck out as unconstitutional amendments introduced to the Act in 2016 that reduced the quorum to half the sitting members, and decisions to be carried by a simple majority.
“The events related to the purported vote (to suspend the CEO) have greatly shaken our already feeble confidence in the chair,” the three said in their resignation statement.
They said that not all the six commissioners were present, as required, when the vote was taken against Chiloba on April 5.
Chebukati had called yesterday's meeting to explain Chiloba’s controversial suspension, but only Commissioner Guliye was with him.
He told staff that all commissioners were hired as individuals and not collectively and so those remaining can still serve out their terms.
In a statement later in the afternoon, Chebukati said he had learned of the commissioners’ resignation from news reports and would respond after he is formally informed.
But as Chebukati was vowing to stay put, it was almost a foregone conclusion that he was living on borrowed time. Political leaders across the divide were united in their resolve to eject him from the commission.
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