Kenya: Why President Ruto suspended Four IEBC commissioners?
The four commissioners from Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission,[IEBC] have been suspended by President William Ruto.
In a gazette notice issued on Friday, the head of state said that their suspension was effective immediately.
Gazette notice states "Having received and considered the petition of the National Assembly and in the exercise of the prerogative vested in the Head of State and Government by Article 251 of the Constitution, I do hereby direct as follows: THAT Cherera, Wanderi, Masit and Nyang’aya, being members of the IEBC, be and are hereby suspended from office with immediate effect."
These four led by the embattled IEBC Commissioners led by vice chair Juliana Cherera were against the declaration of Dr. William Ruto as the 5th president of Kenya citing vote-counting irregularities.
They walked out of the National Tallying center at the Bomas of Kenya and issued a press conference rejecting the announcement of the final presidential votes results by IEBC chair Wafula Chebukati.
The other commissioners are Justus Nyang’aya, Francis Wanderi, and Irine Masit.
On Thursday the National Assembly voted to adopt a committee report that recommended the ejection of the four IEBC commissioners.
This is after the Justice and Legal Affairs Committee confirmed that the four petitions that were seeking the removal of the four met the threshold for them to be kicked out of office.
President Ruto also issued Special Gazette Notice Number 258.
“In the discharge of its functions, the tribunal shall — (a) Prepare and submit a report and its recommendations thereon expeditiously; and (b) exercise all the powers conferred upon it by law for the proper execution of its mandate.”
The tribunal will be headed by High Court Judge Aggrey Muchelule to chair a tribunal that will investigate the embattled IEBC Commissioners.
Judge Aggrey will lead a tribunal team comprising Carolyne Kamende Daudi, Linda Gakii Kiome, Mathew Njaramba Nyabena, Col. (Rtd.) Saeed Khamis Saeed a member of the tribunal.
President further stated that "The mandate of this Tribunal shall be to consider the Petition for the removal of Cherera, Wanderi, Masit and Nyang’aya from office as members of IEBC and to inquire into the allegations therein."