REVEALED: Chiloba’s grave blunders that cost Uhuru win

And Chebukati wants answers... fast

Wafule Chebukati_Ezra Chiloba
IEBC Chairman Wafula Chebukati and CEO Ezra Chiloba arrive at the press conferencewhere they released the status report on mass voter registration and election preparedness at the Anniversary Towers on February 21, 2017. PHOTO: JACK OWUOR/THE STAR

A memo from the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) Chairman, Wafula Chebukati, to the body’s CEO Ezra Chiloba, has leaked, in which the former wants answers over grave blunders that led to the nullification of the August 8 polls.

In the memo time-stamped Tuesday, September 5, the electoral agency’s Chair demands a raft of explanations from Chiloba on why the election failed.

The Chairman of the Independence Electoral and Boundaries Commission, Wafula Chebukati, left, hands over the certificate to Uhuru Kenyatta, centre right, after announcing him the winner in the presidential race at the Centre in Bomas, Nairobi, Kenya, Friday, Aug.11, 2017. PHOTO: SAYYID ABDUL ZIM/AP

An agitated Chebukati wants to know how an account was created under his name and used thousands of times to access IEBC servers and what the motive was.

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Chebukati starts by pointing out a memo Chiloba issued to the IEBC staff in which he contradicted the position of the commission following the Supreme Court ruling on Friday, September 1.

Leake IEBC Memo
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The Chair notes that Chiloba failed to appreciate the verdict returned by the judges and demands to know why he did so.

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Chebukati then goes on to ask whether a company IEBC contracted – Messer MFI – supplied printing and scanning machines across the country as had been contracted.

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Another issue that seems to bother the commission head is what exactly led to the massive failure of satellite phones that were procured using taxpayers’ money at KSh 848 million.

“Respond and explain what occasioned the massive failure in the devices that would have been used in transmitting the results,” Chebukati demanded.

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This revelations are coming just days after Chebukati on Tuesday, September 5, the same day the memo was sent, replaced Chiloba and five other officials with a caretaker team that will oversee the repeat polls scheduled for October 17.

The team has since been rejected by Jubilee and NASA with both sides of the political divide giving their varied reasons.