Chebukati accuse Chiloba of Stealing 1 billion from IEBC

Chebukati accuse Chiloba of Stealing 1 billion from IEBC

The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) cannot account for more than Sh1 billion allocated to last year’s repeat presidential election.

An Internal audit by the electoral commission shows that the cash meant to be used to fund the fresh election after an earlier one was nullified by the Supreme Court might have been misappropriated.

In a sworn affidavit to the court, IEBC Chairperson Wafula Chebukati said preliminary report of the audit revealed possible gross violation of the Public Finance Management (PFM) Act, leading to the loss of the aforementioned money.

Among anomalies unraveled include goods being delivered after the polls, inflated tenders and undelivered goods.

“It is therefore imperative and in the public interest that the internal audit is completed as the Commission owes the public a duty to use the public resources allocated to it appropriately,” Mr Chebukati said.

Chebukati’s affidavit is in reply to contempt of court proceedings lodged by suspended IEBC Chief Executive Officer Ezra Chiloba. In his case, Chiloba wants the court to jail Chebukati and two other commissioners for alleged disregard of a court order that reinstated him into office.

Chebukati, Commissioners Prof Abdi Yakub Guliye, and Boya Molu sent Chiloba on a fresh three-month compulsory leave hours after the Employment and Labor Relations Court ruled he assumes office after an earlier suspension.

He wants the three summoned to explain why they should not be cited for contempt of court. In his affidavit, Chebukati says their action to suspend the CEO is justified since it was meant to allow for the completion of the audit.

“The members, therefore, resolved to suspend the petitioner for three months pending the completion of the comprehensive audit of all major procurements relating to the elections of 8th August 2017 and fresh presidential elections on 26th October 2017,” he says.

“That the need to suspend the petitioner became even more apparent in the recent times as the petitioner/applicant has since his suspension proceeded on a threatening and blackmailing spree of the employees of the commission and even the commissioners themselves,” he adds.

He cites June 19th letter where Chiloba allegedly warned him to stop the audit process.

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