Embattled Independent Electoral Boundaries Commission (IEBC) CEO Ezra Chiloba on Wednesday afternoon made good on his threat and turned up at his Anniversary Towers office despite a second suspension by the commission.Â
However, Chiloba was in for an embarrassment as he found the locks to his office changed hence denying him access to the premises.
Reports indicate that new locks were installed at his 6th-floor office to keep him off as the commission continues with investigations on irregularities that arose in the last elections.
“I came back but I couldn’t access the officeâ€¦ The doors are locked as you 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 is quoted by Citizen TV.
ChilobaÂ indicatedÂ that he had reported to deliverÂ a letter responding to the suspension letter issued to him byÂ IEBC chairman Wafula Chebukati.
“He is not in the office. So I dropped the letter and went to see Commissioner Abdi GuliyeÂ for a chat,”Â he noted.
In a letter dated June 14, 2018, Chebukati informed Chiloba of his suspension from the commission to allow the completion of the on-going audit pending further action.
The letter that was also copied to Treasury Cabinet SecretaryÂ Henry Rotich and IEBCÂ acting CEOÂ MarjanÂ HusseinÂ Marjan indicated that the decisionÂ was reached after a meeting held by the Commission onÂ June 14.
“As you are aware, under clause 3 and 5 of your employment contract, you are responsible for the prudent financial management of the Commission finances.
“The issues under investigation are weighty and touch on your role as the accounting officer. The outcome of the in-depth audit will inform any further action by the Commission,” the statement directs.
The IEBC chair further accused Chiloba of violating his employment contract by seeking legal redress against the Commission.
“Your employment contract prohibits you from suing the Commission while in employmentÂ and disclosing the official/classified information without the prior written consent of the Commission which you have outrightly violated.Â
On his part, Chiloba has remained adamant about the suspension with reports indicating that he is considering seeking court intervention in the matter.