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Uhuru to appoint selection panel for IEBC recruitment

By The Frontier Post Reporter

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President Uhuru Kenyatta is today expected to receive the list of nominees to the selection panel that will recruit four electoral commissioners.

The Parliamentary Service Commission (PSC), chaired by National Assembly Speaker Justin Muturi, is expected to submit the names to the President for formal appointment.

The team will spearhead the recruitment of four commissioners to the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC).

In a gazette notice dated April 14, 2021, President Kenyatta said the declaration was in accordance with section 7A (2) of the IEBC Act, 2011.

“I declare vacancies in the positions of four members of the independent electoral and boundaries commission,” the notice read in part.

The four commissioners Roselyne Akombe, Margaret Mwachanya, Paul Kurgat and Consolata Nkatha resigned unceremoniously after the 2017 general election.

The selection panel, as per the IEBC Act of 2020, shall consist of two men and two women nominated by the PSC, one person by Law Society of Kenya and two people by the Inter-Religious Council of Kenya.

However, there is a fresh scheme to fire the electoral agency boss Wafula Chebukati and commissioners Abdi Guliye and Boya Molu before the 2022 polls has been hatched.

The Frontier Post has established that some political players are pushing for the sacking of the three once recruitment of the four vacant positions at the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) is completed.

“I can say this with authority that the process of recruiting new commissioners will pave way for the sacking of the current team, and then we will get to the crux of the matter of reforming the commission,” said the official.

According to the source, the scheme involves presenting a petition to Parliament citing gross misconduct by the commissioners during the 2017 polls.

“We have so many grounds as a basis for their removal. There is a report in Parliament by the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) that indicted the commissioners,” added the source.

The report adopted in April 2019, recommended investigations against the commissioners over alleged conflict of interests in the procurement of electoral equipment at inflated cost.

The official argues that the three commissioners can only be kicked out after the new ones are hired to avoid a vacuum at a time when the country is preparing for the referendum.

However, ODM chairman John Mbadi denied knowledge of the latest scheme against IEBC bosses, but said that if there would be reforms at the commission, they will be effected after the passage of the Constitution of Kenya (Amendment) Bill, 2020.

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