Wafula Chebukati, IEBC Commissioners go on Ksh30 Million Benchmarking Tour


IEBC Wafula Chebukati and two commissioners will from Monday, March 25, embark on bench-marking tours of six countries at a cost of Ksh30 Million.

Chebukati, together with commissioners Abdi Guliye and Boya Molu are planning tours to South Africa, USA, Canada, Australia, India and Nigeria to benchmark on boundaries review.

The tours are to start with a visit to the US.

Chairman of IEBC Wafula Chebukati with Commissioners Ayub Guliye and Boya Molu. April 20, 2018.

As reported by The Star, concerns were raised after South Africa was included in the trips despite not having constituencies and thus does not conduct any boundary review.

According to Jack Tumwa, a former commissioner with the now defunct Electoral Commission of Kenya (ECK) Kenya has more than enough experts to handle the border review and this trip would be unnecessary and a waste of taxpayers money.

Most of the people who worked with Andrew Ligale in the last boundary review nine years ago still work for IEBC and their expertise could easily be tapped,” he added

Election Observation Group claimed that IEBC’s costly trips will only deepen Kenyans’ mistrust of the commission, coming at a time when the elections agency has been indicted for financial mismanagement.

This comes a few days after the commission survived an ouster at the National Assembly after the speaker Justin Muturi came to their defense by terming the report as ‘offensive to the laws of the land’.

The bill sponsored by Homabay town MP Peter Kaluma was also suggesting to remove the President as the appointing authority for the IEBC chairman, instead, the appointed commissioners would pick a chairperson among themselves.

The Auditor General was also recently reported that IEBC could not account for monies amounting to almost Ksh1.5 billion in relation to the twin elections of 2017.

The Parliamentary Accounts Committee had recommended removal of Chebukati and commissioners Guliye and Boya.

IEBC team led by Chairman Wafula Chebukati after a meeting in Nairobi