Infighting in the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) continue to soar after five Commissioners disowned a memo written by Chairman Wafula Chebukati to CEO Ezra Chiloba demanding explanations on illegalities in nullified presidential poll.
The five, Commissioners Nkatha Maina, Prof Yakub Guliye, Amb Paul Kurgat, Boya Molu and Magret Mwachanya in a statement issued on Thursday night distanced themselves from the damning 12-point memo, saying that it was not discussed and sanctioned by the Commission Plenary.
The five claimed they learned about the existence of the memo through the media like everyone else.
“A quick perusal of the memo shows that the allegations are based on some report or information that has not been brought to the attention of the Commission. Most of the issues raised are not factual and could easily mislead if taken out of context. However, the Secretariat is reviewing the issues and will prepare appropriate responses to be presented to the Commission Plenary,” said statement by the five Commissioners.
On Tuesday, media reports indicated that the commission was divided on the new six member team unveiled by chairman Wafula Chebukati to preside over the October 17th repeat election.
Some commissioners are said to be opposed to the new team and questioned why the Ezra Chiloba-led secretariat was sidelined by the chairman, without their consent.
The crisis at the electoral commission further throws next month's poll in doubt, even as opposition National Super Alliance and the ruling Jubilee continue to demand changes in staff before the fresh election is conducted.