Kenya electoral chief Ezra Chiloba suspended
Kenya’s Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) chief executive Ezra Chiloba has been suspended.
Mr Chiloba has been sent on a three-month compulsory leave, a decision that has left the electoral body sharply divided.
He was served the leave notice on Saturday pending investigations into unspecified “procurement issues”.
The letter was a directive of IEBC chairman Wafula Chebukati, backed by two other commissioners, a source at the commission with an understanding of the issues but who requested anonymity for fear of victimisation, told the Nation on Monday.
Contacted on the matter, IEBC commissioner Paul Kurgat termed as “unprocedural” the suspension of Mr Chiloba.
Dr Kurgat, who opposed the proposed suspension during the IEBC plenary meeting on Friday, said the move was ill-advised.
“There are matters of procedure which were not followed, and our timing on this was bad,” he told the Nation on phone.
At the time of Mr Chiloba’s suspension, Dr Kurgat said, external auditors were almost finishing looking at IEBC’s last financial accounts for 2017 elections.