High level talks on IEBC exit package begin Wednesday

By Rufus Hunja

Head of Public Service Joseph Kinyua will Wednesday chair an Intergovernmental committee meeting with Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) commissioners to negotiate their exit package.

The committee with representation from Treasury, the Salaries and Remuneration Commission, Office of the Attorney General, the Ministries of Interior and of Public Service met Tuesday and hopes to have a conclusive agreement by 4th of next month.

Government Spokesperson Eric Kiraithe says the committee will hold its first meeting with the commissioners to facilitate for their dignified exit and ensure a seamless transition within the commission.

The new Election Laws (Amendment) Act takes effect from October 4.

IEBC Chair Issack Hassan had intimated that they would stay in office past the 30th September deadline in which MP’s had proposed to have a new body in place.

Hassan explained that the amended election law did not put a timeline for commissioners to vacate office to allow for electoral reforms.

Hassan who appeared before the public accounts committee also expressed concern over delayed agreement on their sendoff package.

The commissioners, whose term was to expire after next year’s General Election, had given conditions for their exit from office including immunity from prosecution and payment of sendoff package including their salaries of their remaining term.

The Government maintains that it recognizes the urgency of the transition, and remains committed to expedite the process within the confines of the law even as legal experts cautioned over growing uncertainty over the matter.

Meanwhile, Deputy President William Ruto has lauded the Church for its role in the IEBC transition process saying religious leaders should play a role in uniting Kenyans.

The opposition had threatened to resume their IEBC demonstrations if the current commissioners don’t vacate office by the end of this month accusing certain institutions of frustrating the process.






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