Legal committee probes IEBC top officials

By Kennedy Epalat

The Parliamentary Committee on Justice and Legal Affairs headed by Samuel Chepkonga began probing the IEBC bosses following a petition filed by Barasa Nyukuri.

The Commission’s bosses led by Chairman Issack Hassan had a difficult time explaining to the committee issues related to the procurement of election materials prior to the 2013 general elections.

At some point a tearful Ambassador Yusuf Nzibo emotionally told the committee how the false claims of alleged bribery but a UK firm in what has come to be known as “Chicken-gate scandal,” has damaged his personal credibility and that of his family.

His colleague Commissioner Thomas Letangule also told the committee that he has suffered financially since he quit his former job for IEBC and expressed the need for the committee to help in the rebuttal of false claims against IEBC by the petitioner.

IEBC Chairman Issack Hassan appealed to the committee not to recommend to the President to form a Tribunal to investigate them.

There was heated exchange between committee chairman Samuel Chepkonga and Hassan after the IEBC Chairman made claims that appeared to portray the committee in bad light.

Hassan had claimed among other issues that the committee was acting as if it is the petitioner.

IEBC Chair Hassan and his Vice Chairperson Mahiri-Zaja later apologized. The petitioner wants the removal of IEBC bosses accusing them of incompetence and gross misconduct.

CORD had demanded that the Justice and Legal Affairs committee halts its investigations since a joint committee was already handling the issue of the IEBC.


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