Chebukati snubs Ezra Chiloba again in new poll team

Troubled IEBC

Ezra Chiloba
IEBC Chief Executive Officer Ezra Chiloba during a press conference at Anniversary Towers, Nairobi, on January 18. PHOTO: COURTESY

The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission Chairman, Wafula Chebukati, has constituted a fresh team of senior officials to oversee the preparations of the repeat presidential election slated for October 26.

Commission’s CEO Ezra Chiloba, whom National Super Alliance wanted removed, will not have a direct input in the upcoming election.

Wafula Chebukati
IEBC Chairman Wafula Chebukati. THE STAR

Chiloba’s name as well as those of other senior officials are missing from the list of seven individuals Chebukati unveiled on Friday, October 6, proof that power struggles still exist at the commission.

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It will be remembered that Chebukati had unveiled the team a few days after the Supreme Court cancelled the results of the August 8 presidential poll amid speculations of infighting at IEBC.

The list was however rejected by the Jubilee Party who accused Chiloba of including on the list people thought to be partisan.

“After the publication of the names of your election project team, we have received credible information that on the list are people known to be partisan,” read part of a letter by Jubilee sent to the IEBC on September 6.

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According to the new list seen by and which Chebukati says is final, Marjan Hussein will be at the helm while a Mr David Towett will be in charge of operations.

Albert Gogo has been assigned election technology duties while Dr Sidney Namulungu will be in charge of tallying centres.

Tabitha Mutemi is now head of communication and outreach while Agatha Wahome will be in charge of finance, procurement and administration. Ms Salome Oyugi will take care of legal affairs and compliance.

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Silas Rotich, Ben Misati and Nancy Kariuki were on the original list but their names don’t feature in the new one.

Also receiving the boot is Chiloba’s deputy Betty Nyabuto; director of voter registration and election operations Immaculate Kasait; Ms Mwaura Kamwati, the manager of operations; and head of ICT James Muhati.