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"We will fire anyone colluding with political party as ICT director James Muhati sets an example." Says IEBC Chairman Chebukati

IEBC Chairman Wafula Chebukati. PHOTO | Courtesy

The IEBC Chairman Wafula Chebukati has shocked the Jubilee administration after he fired the ICT Director James Muhati Mwangi because of colluding with the Government in auditing the voting register.

The decision to out him was reached at the plenary meeting chaired by chairman Wafula Chebukati and attended by all commissioners and CEO Ezra Chiloba. Chebukati personally signed the memo sending Muhati home for a month and later preparing his send off package and appointed manager Chris Msando as the acting director.

The commission was irritated by the failure by Muhati to respond to a memo by his colleague Director of Audit, Risk and Compliance Obadiah Keitany dated 17th May.

In the internal memo, Keitany accused Muhati of refusing to cooperate on authentication of the commission’s software and hardware licenses and certificates.

“We have noted that there is little cooperation from your Directorate with regard to the provision of requested for purposes of concluding the exercise. This is contrary to the PFM regulations 2015 section 162 (3-4) which grant the Directorate of Audit and Risk ‘unrestricted, direct and prompt access to records, officials or personally relevant to the performance of audit function’.” “Kindly note that we are proceeding to conduct the exercise noting your unwillingness to provide the necessary information,” Keitany’s memo copied to Chebukati, Chiloba and Deputy CEO support services Marjan Hussein.

Friday night Chebukati was not available for comment even as a member of the commission said Muhati’s suspension is the beginning of a crackdown that will now target the procurement department that is accused of bungling major tenders.

Chebukati said that he will clean the whole Commission because it is independent. He gave a warning to all employees that will collude with any political party will be fired. The statement was seconded by the IEBC CEO Ezra Chiloba.


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