Why IEBC Commissioners finally quit
04 August 2016, 18:03
Nairobi - The IEBC Commissioners have decided to go home finally. But why?
The Commissioners announced Wednesday that they would voluntarily leave office to pave way for reforms at the body which has been plagued with controversy.
This came after a protracted battle with opposition chiefs to hound them out of office.
But despite the pressure put on them to leave office, they hang around for a long time and even looked bullish in the face of the continued attacks on them by activists and opposition leaders.
So why in the end did they quit?
News24 understands that the Commissioners finally agreed to leave office in a deal signed by MPs Wednesday after being assured of two things.
First was that they would not be implicated in the Chickengate scandal that has plagued the organisation for the last three years.
They feared that being hounded out of office would weaken their bargaining power in the matter and were assured that once they leave office, the matter would end.
Secondly, they were assured that they would be paid all the dues they would attract by leaving office, which were in the region of KES 22 million each.
This included being paid for the remainder of their terms in office. Their terms would have ended December 2017.
MPs, in the wake of the announcement, agreed that the matter end silently and the Commissioners move on quietly.
" We hope that this matter will now come to rest after a long time of uncertainty that has rocked the country over this stalemate," Bobasi MP Stephen Manoti told News24.
The Commissioners will be paid once they officially announce their resignation from office in letters that will be sent to President Uhuru Kenyatta for approval.
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