Legislators tell Chebukati team to go home over incompetency

Members of parliament have said the IEBC team had demonstrated lack of competence in the way they managed the 2017 General Election.

The committee also said the electoral agency officials lacked understanding of their role as relates to the principles of good governance, separation of roles between the commission and the secretariat, integrity, transparency and accountability.

The report tabled in Parliament on Wednesday afternoon by chairman Opiyo Wandayi pointed out that the commissioners, individually and collectively, failed to exercise their oversight role as envisioned under section 11 of the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) Act, 2011, thereby plunging the constitutional agency into a crisis.

“The commissioners were unable to offer urgent and decisive policy directions on procurement matters, compelling the secretariat to undertake direct procurement of all goods and services in a manner that was contrary to Article 227(1) of the Constitution insofar as it did not embody a process that was fair, equitable, transparent, competitive and cost-effective,” the report reads.

The report will be debated by the entire House on Wednesday next week; and if adopted without amendments, will see the Chebukati team leave office.

The committee said the commissioners failed to take charge of the entire electoral process and made taxpayers to lose billions of shillings through direct procurement of most election materials.

“But one thing is clear, it is a cost that was highly inflated and the taxpayers did not get value for the investment. In the same vein, the actual amount of public money that was lost from the manipulation of procurement processes and creative accounting may never be fully ascertained,” the report says.

Mr Wandayi urged the investigative agencies to move with speed and take over from where the committee had left off and undertake thorough investigations with a view to prosecuting all individuals found culpable.

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