Duale blames religious leaders for IEBC woes


Duale blames religious leaders for IEBC woes
Leader of Majority in the National Assembly Aden Duale speaking at the prize giving ceremony for Garissa High School. PHOTO/COURTESY

In Summary

  • Dubbing them as the "worst product," Duale said that religious leaders were part of the selection panel that constituted the team that was rocked by three resignations on Monday all blaming Mr Chebukati for their decision.
  • The MP now wants Parliament to "move with speed" and see how they can resolve the current stalemate and allow the commissioners to exit.

Aden Duale has now heaped blame on religious leaders whom he says were responsible for selecting IEBC chairman Wafula Chebukati and his six commissioners.

Dubbing them as the “worst product,” Duale said that religious leaders were part of the selection panel that constituted the team that was rocked by three resignations on Monday all blaming Mr Chebukati for their decision.

Speaking to Citizen TV’s Stephen Letoo, the Garissa Township MP said the law was changed in 2013 that brought in the religious leaders to be part of a recruiting team.

“The mistake we made was when we diverted from the legal framework put in place after new constitution on the process of constituting a new IEBC commission,” said Duale who wants Chebukati and the remaining two commissioners left to resign.

“The country went out and let the religious leaders to constitute a commission, in my honest opinion, that is where we made a mistake and got the worst product, Chebukati and his team. Chebukati was fronted by religious leaders and a number of us were against it.”

The Leader of Majority in the National Assembly says that the recruiting team that was in place in 2013 was the best and all the commissions that were set up under their tenure were the best.

“The old law of 2013, that recruiting panel was made up of many people, LSK was represented, the workers and public service commission was taking the lead, that was the time we had the best commissions,” added Duale.

The MP now wants Parliament to “move with speed” and see how they can resolve the current stalemate and allow the commissioners to exit.

“No procedure on how next commission can be constituted. Parliament has another 50 days to amend the first schedule of the IEBC act and provide for a mechanism with which a new a selection panel is to be constituted, sent to president for approval and then the process starts afresh,” said Duale.

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