Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) Chairman Wafula Chebukati explained the agency’s decision to fire Ezra Chiloba.
Ezra Chiloba was fired as CEO after being found culpable for committing procurement irregularities during the 2017 general elections.
Chebukati stated in a statement on Saturday that the officer was found to have acted in violation of sections of his contractual obligations.
He cited Chiloba’s failure to implement various Commission/Board decisions and resolutions as among the reasons for the Friday decision.
“In tandem with fair administrative action, the Commission subsequently invited Chiloba to appear before the Disciplinary Committee so as to provide responses to the charges levelled against him. He, however, twice failed to honour the summons,” Chebukati stated.
“Chiloba’s gross misconduct, breach and violation of the Commission’s Human Resource and Administration policies as well as other relevant legislation left the Commission with no option other than to terminate his employment contract,” he added.
He cited contraventions of the IEBC Act, Public Finance Management Act (PFMA), and Public Procurement and Disposal Act.
On his part, Chiloba maintained his innocence stating his sacking was just a hallmark of a dysfunctional electoral agency, warning that the issues he faced will affect the next officer if not addressed.
Chiloba stated that he was informed of a meeting on Thursday, October 11, where he was to appear before Chebukati, Abdi Guliye, and Boya Molu to defend himself.
He poked holes on the decision to sack him stating the same three commissioners, who voted to send him on compulsory leave, were the same members of the disciplinary committee.