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IEBC CEO Ezra Chiloba sacked

IEBE CEO Ezra Chiloba

Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) Chief Executive Officer Ezra Chiloba has been sacked.

Chiloba dramatically announced his own firing on Friday night following protracted wrangles between him and the commission.

He said in a tweet he received the termination letter on Friday but complained that the process was predetermined and unfair.

“My employment with the IEBC has officially been terminated. This does not come as a surprise to Kenyans who have been monitoring the events at the IEBC in the last six months. The outcome was already predetermined and the process was a mere formality,” he said.

The decision was made on Thursday when Chiloba objected calls to appear before a disciplinary hearing of the commission relating to post-election spending audit.

Some 48 hours before the scheduled sitting on October 9 meeting at the IEBC offices, the embattled CEO wrote to the commission chairman Wafula Chebukati informing him of his change of heart.

“I wish to reiterate the contents of my letter to you dated September 18, 2018. I am unable to prepare and/or conduct my substantive response to the audit queries raised, having been denied access to the office, staff and relevant documentation. Neither am I able to respond to the disciplinary cause, which is wholly founded upon the supposed audit, for the same reason,” Mr Chiloba’s letter read.

The dismissal letter said Chiloba had twice been invited to appear before the disciplinary committee of the commission “but failed to show up; hence the decision to terminate his employment”.

It is also claimed his salary had been stopped way back in July.

“I communicated my unavailability to commissioners through the chairman’s office via email,” he said. In the second summon, Chiloba says he was convinced from the commission conduct that the proceedings were “a mere formality.”

He cited the manner of his suspension based on “stage-managed internal audit” and failure to allow him to access evidence.
Chiloba did not however communicate his next move.