IEBC resignations confirm Jubilee government's illegitimacy -Orengo

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IEBC resignations confirm Jubilee government's illegitimacy -Orengo

Three Kenyan commissioners on Monday announced their resignation, deepening a crisis at the country's electoral commission after a botched presidential election past year.

The MP now wants Parliament to "move with speed" and see how they can resolve the current stalemate and allow the commissioners to exit.

"Chebukati, Molu & Guliye must resign from IEBC within the next seven days or we form a tribunal to investigate them", Kipchumba Murkomen, Senate Majority Leader said.

"Without a doubt a doubt it undermines the legitimacy of the Jubilee administration and confirms that its election was an electoral fraud", he added. The commission was frequently at the centre of controversy during Kenya's extended election season a year ago, in which around 100 people were killed.

With two remaining commissioners, the IEBC is technically dysfunctional.

Further, the senator claimed the electoral body had refused to open its servers to be audited in the wake of contested presidential election.

According to Orengo, the Agency was first held tight by the state to allegedly rig elections in the presidential elections past year. "Corruption is deeply rooted in its operations for which Msando had to be brutally murdered to secure its fraudulent activities".

Sources indicate that Chebukati was struck by news of the resignation of his Vice Chair Connie Maina, Commissioners Paul Kurgat and Margret Wanjala.

The Civil Society Reference Group has called on the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) Chairperson Wafula Chebukati to quit in order to pave way for a thorough probe into procurement irregularities by the Office of the Auditor General.

Siaya Senator James Orengo and his Elgeyo Marakwet fired the first salvo immediately it became apparent, the electoral body can not conduct any business due to lack of quorum.

The officers said whereas the commission is supposed to function as a single unit, Chebukati has created an "us versus them", "Commissioners versus Secretariat", and "Chair versus CEO" situation, reiterating that in their view a failure by any part of a unit of the organization is a failure of the entire commission.

After the disputed presidential election, NASA principal Raila Odinga organised a series of nationwide demonstrations to hound Chebukati and his commission out of the office.

Commissioner Roselyn Akombe also resigned and secretly flew to the US past year ahead of August 8 polls after she disagreed with a section of the commissioners.

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