MPs accuse IEBC Commissioners of taking the joke too far

Two Members of Parliament on Saturday accused three Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commissioners of over stretching the Kenyans’ patience by walking back to the offices they had resigned from earlier.

The Ugunja Member of Parliament, Opiyo Wandayi and his Kisumu Central counterpart, Fred Ouda said IEBC, as a public body, was not a personal kiosk where people just walk in and out.

They were speaking in Sigomere ward in Ugunja during the burial of the late Francis Ooko Oswaka

Wandayi said that IEBC deserved restructuring as almost all the commissioners have been tainted by an audit report.

Last Friday, former Commissioners, Connie Maina, Margaret Mwachanya and Paul Kurgat who publicly resigned in April this year, were seen at the IEBC headquarters in a move that many believed was an attempt to claim back their offices.

Individuals cannot be allowed to play around with Kenyans’ minds said Wandayi, adding that the commissioners were responsible for bungling last year’s general elections.

Kisumu Central legislator, Fred Ouda called for reforms at the IEBC, adding that individuals must take responsibility for the mismanagement of the last general elections.

IEBC must be reformed and for this to happen, some people must take responsibility he said adding that most of the top IEBC officials belong to jail after being implicated in a 2017 auditor general’s report that said a colossal amount of public funds were misappropriated in questionable purchases.

Source: Kenya News Agency