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Economy

IEBC crisis deepens as Chebukati loses guards

IEBC chairman Wafula Chebukati. file PHOTO | NMG
IEBC chairman Wafula Chebukati. file PHOTO | NMG 

The electoral commission has written to the Inspector-General of Police Joseph Boinnet over the withdrawal of security detail for the agency’s top chiefs.

In a statement, the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) said it is seeking details on the circumstances leading to the withdrawal of security guards including armed drivers attached to chairman Wafula Chebukati and commissioners Ayub Guliya and Boya Molu.

The IEBC said the move is likely to expose Mr Chebukati and the commissioners to security risk and “undermines their effectiveness in executing the work of the commission”.

The withdrawal comes a day after three commissioners resigned, leaving the IEBC without a quorum to make key decisions in what has increased chaos at the electoral agency.

Vice-chairperson Connie Nkatha Maina, Margaret Mwachanya and Paul Kurgat announced their exit, citing a lack of confidence in the IEBC chairman.

The resignations leave only two commissioners — Mr Guliye and Mr Molu — and Mr Chebukati at the IEBC, which last week sent its chief executive Ezra Chiloba on a three-month compulsory leave pending an audit on procurement matters.

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