Chiloba shows up to a locked IEBC office


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IEBC CEO Ezra Chiloba in a past address. [Photo/Courtesy]

In Summary

  • Last week, sources at the commission confirmed to Citizen TV that locks to Chiloba's office had been changed to ensure that he would not access it even if he were to return.
  • According to Chiloba, he had showed up at IEBC offices to submit a letter responding to his suspension by Chairman Wafula Chebukati but the latter was not in his office.
  • Stephen Radido, judge of the Employment and Labour relations court in Nairobi temporarily recalled Chiloba from compulsory leave.

Embattled IEBC CEO Ezra Chiloba on Wednesday finally showed up at his Anniversary Towers office in Nairobi to find new locks, clear signs that he is still an unwanted man at the electoral body.

Last week, sources at the commission confirmed to Citizen TV that locks to Chiloba’s office had been changed to ensure that he would not access it even if he were to return.

Perhaps opting to personally confirm that his office had been turned to a no-go zone for him, Chiloba on Wednesday afternoon turned up at his 6th floor office and it was then that reality dawned to him.

“I came back but I couldn’t access the office… The doors are locked as you people reported. Of course I can’t force myself back but I hope this matter can be resolved through courts or in any other way…” Chiloba told  Citizen TV crew at the Anniversary Towers.

According to Chiloba, he had showed up at IEBC offices to submit a letter responding to his suspension by Chairman Wafula Chebukati but the latter was not in his office.

“I came to bring a letter responding to the suspension letter issued to me by the chairman. He is not in the office. So I dropped the letter and went to see Commissioner Guliye for a chat,” said Chiloba.

Chebukati suspended the CEO again for three months on Thursday last week just hours after the Employment and Labour relations court had reinstated him.

In a letter dated June 14, 2018 and addressed to Mr. Chiloba, the IEBC chairman accused the CEO of acting in violation of his employment contract which  bars him from suing the commission while in office.

Stephen Radido, judge of the Employment and Labour relations court in Nairobi temporarily recalled Chiloba from compulsory leave.

Radido allowed Chiloba, who was suspended in April this year by Chebukati, to continue with his duties pending hearing and determination of a case he filed.

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