A City lawyer known for his flamboyance has come out to offer free advice to the embattled Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission CEO Ezra Chiloba, to voluntarily resign from his position before Raila Odinga forces him out.
Donald Kipkorir who was Deputy President William Ruto’s close confidant until recently when he shifted allegiance to the Opposition leader, asked Chiloba not to scuttle the repeat presidential election.
This is coming on the back of the Nasa presidential candidate demanding for the resignation of Mr Chiloba and other senior officials of the IEBC Secretariat, amid claims by Nasa that they are the reason why the August 8 poll was annulled.
The Opposition leader has said the October 17 repeat polls won’t happen until Chiloba and other commissioners quit office.
“But as for Baba’s demand that you go, you must go. You may delay. You may prevaricate. But as sure as the sun sets, you will go. So, don’t scuttle the election of October 17. The Presidential fresh elections between Baba(Raila) and Uhuru Kenyatta will be held when you are gone. Be an honourable man and go,” Kipkorir posted on social media on Tuesday, September 12.
According to the lawyer who is known for his penchant for finer things in life, told Chiloba that while IEBC chairman’s office is a creation of the constitution, the secretariat and the CEO’s positions are not, making it easier for him to be kicked out.
IEBC Chair Wafula Chebukati on Monday, September 10, appointed Chiloba to head a team which will manage the forthcoming election that was ordered by the Supreme Court after it annulled Uhuru’s win in the August 8 one.
“The Constitution gives powers to the Commission to conduct Elections. The Secretariat which you head isn’t a creature of the Constitution. You and your officers don’t have security of tenure. Your employment is subject to The Employment Act. The Chairman has all right to dismiss or suspend you,” Kipkorir noted.
Chiloba and Chebukati have been at loggerheads with each other but have since ironed out their differences and agreed to work together.