Tuesday, 28 June 2016

IEBC CEO indicted in a major KSh 258 million malpractice

Tonny Ndungu 1 hour ago 5688
– IEBC top-tier officials have considered quitting office  before multiple probes into the commission begins  
– Part  of the officials have been linked to graft in a damning report tabled before the Parliamentary accounts Committee (PAC)
– The commision’s CEO Ezra Chiloba has been accused of a KSh 258 million over-payment to a contact who cannot be identified 
Senior officials at the  Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) , according to reports, have been holding closed door meetings in a bid to weigh their options before they are bundled out of  office.
The government and the opposition has fashioned a joint committee that will aid in coming solving the IEBC stalemate that had thrown the country in chaos the past months.
In view of the new officials who will be chosen, vetted and scrutinized before assuming duty ahead of the 2017 General Election- the current crop of officials according to an insider,is considering quitting office before multiple probes into IEBC commences.
The decision to quit has been occasioned by a report tabled before the National Assembly Public Accounts committee (PAC)  in which the IEBC has been accused of major procurement malpractices.
The  commission was previously forced to write to PAC on the contents and the reccomendations of the report before they were given a fair hearing.
Some of the recommendation in the report  include barring Chief Executive Officer, Ezra Chiloba from ever  holding public office.
The report further has it that some of the key officials at the commission might have received ‘perks’  in return for awarding tenders for the supply of electoral equipment.
Chiloba is currently under fire for the  over payment of Sh258 million in extra claims to Face Technologies Limited without a valid contact for the supply of the equipment.
READ ALSO: Photos: 9 IEBC commissioners that CORD wants out of office
The officials in the light of the damning report  which would have far reaching implications on their careers consider resignation from office as a possible
“The commissioners have written individual letters to the President indicating their willingness to leave office. They argue that they no longer want to drag their names in mud,” said a well-placed source in the commission according to Standard.
The letters according to the standard, have not been shared with anyone from the office.
The recent changes in IEBC come after the Coalitions For Reforms and Democracy (CORD) called for the disbandment of the commission on the grounds that the current crop was not capable of holding a fair election in 2017.
Cover Image: the-star.co.ke

No comments:

UN: Starvation threatens 2 million in drought-hit Somalia

Fri Sep 13, 2019 01:44PM [Updated: Fri Sep 13, 2019 01:52PM ] Home Africa Somalia A newly arrived woman fleeing from the drought...