Omtatah fights for three IEBC commissioners to remain in office


Omtatah fights for three IEBC commissioners to remain in office
Activist Okiya Omtatah in court on Monday, February 5, 2018

In Summary

  • Activist Okiya Omtatah has filed yet another case seeking to stop any attempt by Parliament to remove the three remaining IEBC commissioners led by Wafula Chebukati from office.
  • He claims that should the three remaining commissioners be removed from office, the audit will be compromised or even abandoned since all a new commission needs to do to wash its hands is to point out that the issue under investigation did not happen under their watch.
  • The three remaining commissioners are Wafula Chebukati,Boya Molu and Abdi Yakub Goliye.

Activist Okiya Omtatah has filed yet another case seeking to stop any attempt by Parliament to remove the three remaining IEBC commissioners from office.

According to Omtatah, the Commission as it is now, is lawfully and properly constituted pursuant to Article 250(1) of the Constitution.

“The petitioner posits that it is a matter of huge public interest that the special audit of the IEBC secretariat be conducted to its logical conclusion in accordance with the law,” he says.

The three remaining commissioners are Wafula Chebukati, Boya Molu and Abdi Yakub Goliye.

The activist claims that they have not done anything to warrant their removal on the grounds stipulated in Article 251(1) of the Constitution.

He adds that its operations are not hampered by the resignation of the four commissioners and any business it conducts in the discharge of its lawful mandate under the Constitution and statute is legitimate and valid in law.

Omtatah adds that there is no overwhelming need in law for them to be replaced.

He now wants the court to compel the National Assembly to ensure that the three remaining commissioners are fully facilitated to discharge their mandate under the law.

The activist maintains that should the three remaining members be removed from office, the audit will be compromised or even abandoned.

 

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