The embattled electoral body IEBC, has refuted claims that five staff attached to suspended CEO Ezra Chiloba was forced to take leave.
The commission on its Twitter handle said the officers in question have been assigned new duties adding that if they took leave, they did so on their own volition.
“The staff working at the CEO’s office have not been sent on leave. They were assigned new duties or if they took leave, they did so on their on their own volition, utilizing their leave days” twitted the commission.
There have been reports that Chiloba’s two personal assistants, two secretaries, and an office assistant were all prevailed upon to take leave.
Tension and anxiety has gripped the commission since the sudden resignation of three commissioners on April 16.
The three, former Vice Chair Consolata Nkatha, Margaret Mwachanya and Paul Kurgat, left in protest of Chiloba’s suspension.
The three claimed the IEBC under the leadership of Wafula Chebukati is dysfunctional.
“The Commission Chairperson has failed to be the steady and stable hand that steers the ship in difficult times and give direction when needed. Under his leadership, the Commission boardroom has become a venue for peddling misinformation, grounds for brewing mistrust, and a space for scrambling for and chasing for individual glory and credit,” the three said.
They faulted Chiloba’s removal saying it is a weighty matter that should not have been treated lightly.
Employment and Labour Relations Court declined to overturn the decision by Chairman Wafula Chebukati to send Ezra Chiloba on a forced leave.
IEBC Chairman Wafula Chebukati justified the decision to suspend Chief Executive Officer Ezra Chiloba saying it was by majority vote.
He said the move would pave way for the audit of the 2017 election financial processes.
The embattled chair has refused to resign despite immense pressure.