Former commissioners admit IEBC illegally procured KIEMS kits

Written By: Edward Kabasa

Former IEBC commissioners admit IEBC illegally procured KIEMS kits

Former IEBC Commissioners Paul Kurgat and Margaret Mwachanya admitted that the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) illegally procured the Kenya Integrated Election Management System (KIEMS) kits used in the 2017 general election.

The two who appeared before the National Assembly’s Public Accounts Committee accused IEBC Chairman Wafula Chebukati of mismanaging the commission and acting in complete disregard of legal frameworks.

Kurgat, Mwachanya and Consolata Maina resigned from IEBC in April after differing with the Chairman.

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Months after resigning from IEBC, Kurgat and Mwachanya appeared before MPs to shed light on the possible loss of Ksh 4.6 billion at the Commission.

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The two former Commissioners were taken to task to explain the roles they played in the tendering process that saw IEBC directly procure the KIEMS kit used in the 2017 general election.

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The Opiyo Wandayi-led Committee had also sought clarity on whether the two former Commissioners had indeed left the commission or were illegally drawing salaries.

Kurgat told the Public Accounts Committee that prior to the resignations, the relations with the chairman was at rock bottom.

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Mwachanya who claims to have been a recipient of an honorary Doctorate Degree from a University in the United Kingdom is accused by the MPs of going out to solicit for the doctorate to get money out of IEBC.

IEBC Chairman Wafula Chebukati has in the past  accused the three former Commissioners of stone walling activities of the Commission.





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