CORD retains Khalwale as replacement for KANU’s Hellen Sambili

By Kevin Wachira

The CORD coalition has retained Kakamega Senator, Boni Khalwale, as the replacement for KANU’s Hellen Sambili in the parliamentary dialogue team on Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC).

Both majority leaders in the senate and national assembly finally moved the notices of motion on the establishment of a joint select committee on IEBC.

There had been a tussle involving Opposition coalition partners ODM and Ford Kenya over the replacement of Sambili who declined her nomination to the team.

A parliamentary group meeting of all opposition MPs was however held Thursday morning, where Boni Khalwale was added to the list.

Once adopted, both houses will next week, start receiving views from experts, religious leaders, political party leaders and civil societies.

The process is scheduled to take not more than 30 days and the resolution of the committee will be considered by the two houses.

Every resolution in the joint select committee will require support of at least 9 members out 14 for adoption.

Meanwhile, Auditor General Edward Ouko has stood by his forensic report blaming IEBC commissioners and the secretariat for the shortcomings of the 2013 general election.

Ouko says the entire IEBC should bear collective responsibility over the poor planning and irregularities in the procurement process days before the 2013 general election that led to the loss of over 4 billion shillings.

Addressing a joint parliamentary committee of Justice and Legal Affairs as well as Constitution Implementation Oversight committee, Ouko said that his findings show how IEBC directly procured the Biometric Voter Registration kits, Electronic Result Transmission kits among other equipment without proper drafting plan which was also never approved by the commission according to the law.

He also noted that the BVR kits failure was detected early but the commission ignored the advice and went ahead to procure them.

The joint parliamentary committee had summoned the auditor general to shed more light on its special report that shows some impropriety.

Barasa Nyukuri had petitioned parliament on the unsuitability of the electoral body as currently constituted to handle next elections.

In his petition, Nyukuri cited the Special Auditor general’s Report on the mismanagement and financial impropriety at the IEBC.


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