Three Kenya election board commissioners resign


Kenya's electoral body was on Monday thrown into turmoil after three commissioners resigned, citing loss of confidence in the chairman.

Magaya claimed that the three commissioners who resigned on Tuesday; Consolata Maina, Margaret Mwachanya and Paul Kurgat were part of a Ruto wing at the commission that was acting on the DP's instructions.

"The Ruto wing of IEBC has quit simply because Ruto wants Chiloba back by all means".

It ruled that commission officials had announced results before being able to verify them.

The commissioners' resignation leaves in office three other commissioners after Roselyn Akombe resigned in October a year ago saying she feared for her safety and that the IEBC as then constituted could not hold credible repeat elections.

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The commissioners said they made a decision to quit because they no longer had faith in IEBC chairman Wafula Chebukati's leadership. "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.

Additionally the trio said the vote to send Chiloba packing was done while some of the commissioners were out of the country.

"My call for IEBC Commissioners to resign is informed by recent wrangles linked to the fight for tenders plus control and manipulation of IEBC staff", Murkomen said on Twitter. "Given this severe deterioration of confidence in the Commission's Chair, we find our position as Commissioners under his leadership no longer tenable", they said.

The revelations come in the midst of a damaging slugfest between Mr Chebukati and the chief executive officer, Mr Ezra Chiloba, whom the chairman succeeded in sending home last week, after six failed attempts to do so.

"The events leading to suspension of Chiloba have greatly shaken our already feeble confidence in the Chair".