Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission Chairman Wafula Chebukati has stated that the three commissioners who had resigned from the commission will not return to work with the commission. This is after the former IEBC vice chair Consolata Maina and Commissioner Margaret Mwachanya presented themselves to the commission offices on Friday 24th August with the intentions of resuming their duties.
Addressing the press on Monday 27th August at Anniversary Towers, Chebukati said, “IEBC Commissioners who resigned in April cannot resume office because they followed legal and official procedures. The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission does not have offices for former commissioners. You cannot come back and say I am a former commissioner, give me space to work from here. As far as we are concerned, they are not supposed to be working from here; this has to be made very clear to the country.”
“The procedure of resigning and clearing is very clear, they returned all the assets of the commission; the vehicles, the laptops, phones, badges for IEBC and insurance cards,” added Mr. Chebukati.
The chair noted that the commissioners had retained keys to their offices which they used to access them on Friday but it has been rectified. He further stated that they went back today to see him but since he was in a prearranged meeting, he asked them to put their grievances in writing and they shall be looked into.
The three commissioners; vice chair Consolata Maina, Commissioner Margaret Mwachanya and commissioner Paul Kurgat resigned in April 16, 2018 citing incompetence of the commission’s chairperson Wafula chebukati.