By Machuki Dennson
Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) commissioners have submitted a resignation notice to President Uhuru Kenyatta. The commissioners however, are seeking to remain in office until a new team of IEBC commissioners is ready to assume office.
This is in line with the deputy President’s remarks last week while in Kisii that the commissioners will not leave until new other commissioners are recruited so as to avoid leaving the electoral body vacant.
The nine IEBC bosses reached a deal with the government last week, paving the way for the Treasury to release their hefty send-off packages.
The golden handshake for the commissioners includes forfeited salaries and allowances, and gratuity for the years they served.
The Head of Public Service Joseph Kinyua who led the government team that handled the commissioners’ exit, said the negotiations were held strictly under the law and parliamentary recommendations.
“The negotiations have been guided by the need to strike a balance between public interest, legal and constitutional demands, the contract of appointment to office of each commissioner and the guideline of the Salaries and Remuneration Commission,” said Mr Kinyua.
Meanwhile, the director of public prosecution Keriako Tobiko has said he is waiting for the Ethic and Anticorruption Commission EACC to conclude its investigations on the chickengate scandal.
In a statement to newsrooms, the DPP said he returned the checkengate file to the EACC for further investigations before acting on it.
The DPP’s office said that after reviewing the file form EACC he raised critical issues that required additional information including the need to include in the file evidentiary material obtained for the Serious Fraud Office SFO of the UK as well as the witness statements from the persons who handled the Mutual Legal Assistance (MLA) requests.
The EACC has confirmed that issues raised by the DPP are being addressed and additional materials will be forwarded to Tobiko after conclusion.
IEBC commissioners submit resignation notice to the President
By Machuki Dennson