Chebukati denies negligence claims as MPs vet IEBC nominees

The nominee for the post of the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) Chairperson, Wafula Wanyonyi Chebukati, has denied negligence claims against him for allegedly failing to avail required documents and witnesses in a case that had been filed against the County Government of Nairobi.

During vetting by the Parliamentary Justice and Legal Affairs Committee (JLAC), Chebukati also denied lobbying for the IEBC post after being picked by the President alongside six commission nominees.

The lawyer, however, pledged to deliver free, fair and credible elections in August if approved by the Members of Parliament for appointment.

A section of the opposition Coalition for Reforms and Democracy (CORD) leaders said Chebukati was not the most qualified candidate and faulted the Selection Committee of the IEBC of leaving out more qualified persons.

Chebukati was also facing allegations of failing to file a response in a case where the County Government of Nairobi was sued over alleged illegal land deals.

On Monday, January 9, former Law Society of Kenya (LSK) boss, Apollo Mboya, filed a suit in court seeking to have the vetting process stopped.

However, the court declined to grant the orders, instead directing the persons mentioned in the case to file their submissions by end of week.

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