September 20, 2018

NASA lawyer differs with colleagues, wants Chebukati to stay

NASA lawyer and Rarieda MP Otiende Amollo [www.the-star.co.ke]

NASA lawyer Otiende Amollo has taken a different stand on the resignation of now embattled IEBC Chairman Wafula Chebukati and commissioners Bola Molu and Abdi Guliye.

The three are in a simmering crisis at the commission which has drummed up resignation calls from both political divides.

This follows resignation of  vice chair Consolata Maina, Paul Kurgat and Margaret Mwachanya on Monday in what they said was precipitated by lack of faith in Chebukati’s leadership.

Amollo who doubles up as the Rarieda MP (ODM), said though they are unfit to serve, they should remain in office until electoral and justice matters are resolved.

“On IEBC, I’m persuaded, for good reason, that the “surviving” commissioners, though singularly, unfit to continue serving, should stay until we “fix” IEBC & Electoral Justice matters,” he said in a tweet yesterday.

His stand is in sharp contrast from other political players across the divide who insists Chebukati and the duo must exit office.

In Parliament, Majority and Minority Leaders, Aden Duale and John Mbadi respectively, have called for resignation of Chebukati and the two commissioners.

“Parliament will take a lead in resolving this crisis and we will look for the best way out, including a negotiated exit for the remaining three,” Duale said according to the star.

Mbadi said the remaining trio at IEBC must leave before a complete overhaul of the IEBC. He said no change can be realize at the poll agency if they do not leave office.

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