Leaked IEBC Memo Exposes Massive Fraud as 5 Commission Members Disown Allegations
Since August, Kenya has been in the spotlight following the hotly contested election between Uhuru Kenyatta and Raila Odinga. The plot thickened on September 1st when the Supreme Court of Kenya nullified Kenyatta’s win. The plot twist that has ultimately exploded and taken the Kenyan public aback is the latest in which the IEBC chairman, Wafula Chebukati, through an explosive leaked memo, questioned IEBC CEO Ezra Chiloba about electoral inconsistencies. In a leaked memo, Chebukati questioned his fellow IEBC official, confirming that the election may have been tampered with as had been speculated. In 12 points, Chairman Chebukati raised issues surrounding the recently conducted general elections. Some of the issues addressed by the 3-page memo include: the purchase of malfunctioning satellite phones, the use of a “porous file server“, and result forms minus security features. He also raised issues surrounding the high number of polling stations that did not send in results of the elections, as well as the use of Chiloba’s account to log in to the system.
Some of the other commissioners, on the other hand, have disowned the memo, claiming that it was not discussed by the Commission Plenary. The leaked memo, once again, after the ruling of the court, puts a nail in the IEBC’s coffin, as the public continues to question the Commission’s credibility and its ability to conduct another election. It also raises a question on the harmony of the organization, which is crucial for the election. One particular commissioner who was quick to dismiss the memo is Paul Kurgat, who claimed that he did not sign the document. The memo is dated September 5th, the same day in which Chebukati appointed a seven-member team to carry out the fresh election scheduled for October 17th (in accordance with the Constitution as the Presidential election’s Returning Officer) after the IEBC officials refused to resign. The back and forth within this important institution is not healthy for Kenya as it compromises the probability of conducting another election in October and may affect the education system as students in form four are supposed to sit for their national exam over the same period.
Wafula Chebukati – from The Standard
Ezra Chiloba – from The Standard