Former Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) ex-commissioner Roselyn Akombe has once again spoken,painting a picture of a statutory body that was not just at war with itself but also one that has become a poster child for certain politicians.
In an exclusive interview with the Sunday Nation from New Jersey on Friday, Dr Roselyn Akombe cited frustrations from fellow commissioners and secretariat ,which was headed by CEO Ezra Chiloba.
According to her,the were politically influenced thus rendering the agency so dysfunctional that any hope of the IEBC carrying out a credible repeat election on October 26 is impossible.
She also revealed insubordination by CEO Chiloba who chose to ignore most of the directives the commissioners gave the Secretariat.
Dr Akombe claimed that IEBC commissioners and senior staff at the secretariat were there to serve the interests of politicians.She even said some were bribed to influence most of their decisions.
“Decisions are made somewhere else and passed on for ratification and implementation.
“Commissioners and senior staff at the secretariat are put in line through bribery and threats. If you don’t agree with them then your life is in danger,” she said.
She strongly believes that a section of secretariat staff led by Ezra Chiloba, who is currently on leave, are the ones who were responsible for the bungled August 8th presidential poll.
“Chiloba and his team misled the commissioners about what was happening with the servers.
“When the chairman recommended their dismissal, he was out-voted so we couldn’t implement the changes necessary to carry out credible elections,” she revealed.
Dr Akombe said that the fact that Mr Chiloba has taken a leave a week to the repeat election is too little too late and would not make the upcoming election free, fair and credible.
“The first recommendation from the Chairman soon after the Supreme Court judgment was that some staff in the secretariat, among them Chiloba, had to step aside if the commission was to carry out credible elections, at least to meet the Supreme Court set standards.
“This recommendation fronted by the chairman and myself was shot down by some members of the commission whose allegiance was clearly somewhere else,” she said.
She said that if moves such as Mr Chiloba’s stepping aside had happened four weeks ago, then maybe many Kenyans would have been persuaded to believe that they were well meaning.
“But leaving now just six days to [the] election does not make any difference.”
Reiterating her call for dialogue between President Uhuru Kenyatta and Nasa leader Raila Odinga to avert the impending catastrophe, Dr Akombe said it was morally wrong for them to put their interests ahead of the lives of Kenyans who are bound to suffer most should fighting break out.
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