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Exclusive: Secrets behind resignation of 3 IEBC commissioners

J. M. Omondi
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IEBC officials in a past event. The latest resignation of three commissioners may create another heated political exchange. [Photo/Nation]

The latest resignation of three IEBC commissioners over alleged poor leadership of Chairman Wafula Chebukati did not come as a coincidence, a source privy to IEBC intrigues has revealed.

Just hours to crisis meeting following suspension of the commission's CEO Ezra Chiloba, the three commissioners pulled a shocker by tendering their resignation.

"For too long and way too many times, the commission chair chair has failed to be steady and stable hand that steers ship in difficult times," they said.

Ideally, the commission as constituted cannot transact businesses following  exit of Consolatta Nkatha, Paul Kurgat and Margaret Mwachanya.

And a source, who enjoys warm relationship with DP Ruto, says the resignation emanated from the country's second in command because he was not 'comfortable' with Chiloba's suspension.

"What I can say is, the war is just beyond what you see. Ruto is unhappy with Chiloba's suspension due to his own political reasons.

"I have information that he prevailed upon the three to exit so that he could stamp authority in the commission. Their exit means the remaining three will have tough moments as well," said the source.

A response from Chebukati indicates that the three have not formally resigned as required by the law, a clear indication that it was just a 'word of mouth'.

Since last year, Chebukati has been struggling to stamp authority in the commission and the latest twist of events could be the end of his controversial tenure in the commission.

Upon nullification of August 8 polls, commissioner Roselyn Akombe was first to exit the scene, citing external interference in the commission.

While it is not clear why Ruto is defending Chiloba, the source says his short experience will enable him 'deal with crooks' who may want to tamper with his victory.

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