I will not resign, says IEBC boss Chebukati

Written By: Eric Biegon
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Beleaguered Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission Chair Wafula Chebukati has dismissed calls for him and two other commissioners to resign terming them unjustified.

Chebukati instead wants the appointing authority to fast-track the process of replacing commissioners who have relinquished their positions.

The unrelenting chair maintains that there is no leadership crisis at IEBC arguing that the perceived troubles in the commission only came up after issues of procurement in regards to last year’s polls were raised.

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Chebukati, Abdi Ga Abdi Guliye and Boya Molu have been under pressure recently to step down from their positions to pave way for the restructuring of the electoral agency.

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But the three officials who now remain at the apex of the beleaguered commission are unyielding.

But they were quick to point out that anyone who wants them out of the commission must follow the law.

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At a press conference Friday evening, the team led by Chebukati instead called for the immediate replacement of commissioners who have so far disengaged from the commission.

The commissions chair insists that the perceived troubles in the commission only came up after issues of procurement in regards to last year’s polls were raised.

In this regard, he accuses the three commissioners who resigned from the commission on Monday of dishonesty.

In fact he says, to date, not a single letter of resignation has been availed to him since ever since the announcement was made on Monday.

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In the opinion of Chebukati, issues touching on the commission have been blown out of all proportion shifting focus from the elephant in the room, safeguarding of public resources.

On Tuesday morning, the security detail of the remaining IEBC commissioners was withdrawn.

IEBC wrote to the Inspector General of National Police Service, Joseph Boinnet questioning what informed the drastic move.

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