Chiloba dealt another blow as court sides with Chebukati

The two are entangled in control wars at IEBC with only weeks to the repeat elections

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Ezra Chiloba
IEBC CEO Ezra Chiloba. PHOTO: NEPJOURNAL

A court on Thursday, September 7, refused to reverse the suspension or sacking of the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission CEO Ezra Chiloba and other officials.

The Labour and Industrial Relations Court however, certified the matter before it as urgent and ordered that the parties return to court on September 21 for hearing.

Wafula Chebukati
IEBC Chairman Wafula Chebukati. PHOTO: CITYHERALD

The suit was filed by the Kenya Independent Commissions Workers Union who are representing the embattled electoral agency’s boss and five other employees of the commission.

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The union argues that Chiloba and colleagues have been subjected to intimidation by IEBC chairman Wafula Chebukati.

Chiloba and the said officials were kicked off IEBC and replaced with a caretaker team which will manage the forthcoming repeat presidential election slated for October 17.

The CEO is the head of the secretariat at IEBC and has largely been blamed for the massive irregularities and illegalities that led to the Supreme Court annulling the August 8 poll results that had declared Uhuru Kenyatta the winner.

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A leaked memo on Thursday, September 7 which was authored by Chebukati demanded for answers from Chiloba on the bungled polls. The former claimed in the memo that the CEO and his team created an account on the servers using his (Chebukati) name without his knowledge and used it over 9,000 times.

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He went on to add that over 10,000 forms 34A were not submitted to the commission, over 500 polling stations did not submit results and over 600 polling stations had rejected votes similar to the number of registered voters in those polling stations.