Another IEBC commissioner resigns
By Joshua Cheloti
As a tribunal formed by President William Ruto prepares to start its investigations, another IEBC commissioner has resigned.
The tribunal chaired by High Court Judge Aggrey Muchelule was formed last week to investigate four IEBC commissioners over the role they played in the recently concluded general election.
But hours after the gazettement of the tribunal, one of the commissioners that were to be investigated – Justus Nyang’aya, announced her resignation.
Days later, IEBC Vice chairperson Juliana Cherera also followed the same route.
In a letter to the President dated Monday, December 5, 2022, Cherera said he had resigned as the IEBC commissioner and vice chairperson.
The IEBC vice chair, in the letter, noted that despite the difficult circumstances she worked in, she always executed her mandate ‘diligently and meticulously’ – all aimed at ensuring the commission handles corporate issues.
“As vice chairperson, I always advocated for fair treatment and equal opportunity for all staff,” Cherera noted.
She has been accused of being the leader of the four commissioners that rejected results that IEBC chairperson Wafula Chebukati announced – claiming the process of results verification was opaque.
But even as she faces accusations of gross misconduct and abuse of office, in regard to the August 9 poll, Cherera insists her actions were in good faith, even though she admits they were misinterpreted.
The IEBC vice chair noted that her decision has been made after careful consideration of current events at the commission and in consultation with her family.
Further, she noted that she had accepted the fact that her position at IEBC is no longer tenable.
Cherera’s resignation means there are only two other IEBC commissioners remaining that are to be subjected to the tribunal.
The two are Irene Masit and Francis Wanderi.
A tribunal that Ruto formed was to investigate the four commissioners and recommend to the President whether they should be sacked or not.
Probe into the four has been the basis of the opposition’s planned ‘public consultations’ set to start on December 7, 2022, at Kamukunji Grounds.
Opposition leader Raila Odinga recently claimed the probe has a pre-determined outcome, and that it is part of the 2027 poll rigging plan.