Why Chiloba was sent home again

Chiloba vs Chebukati

In a circular, Mr. Chebukati explained that since Chiloba was also the accounting officer at the Commission it was imperative for him to stay out of office as auditing of major procurement involving the 2017 General Election is completed.

The IEBC chairman stated that the decision was arrived at during a meeting held on 14 June 2018.

"This is to notify you that the Commission has resolved to suspend you with immediate effect as the CEO/Accounting Officer of the Commission pending the completion of the comprehensive audit of all major procurements relating to the general elections of 8 August and fresh presidential elections on 26 October 2017.

"The issues under investigations 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 missive reads.

Chebukati went on to accuse Chiloba of bridging his employment contract by taking legal action against the IEBC.

"The Commission notes with concern that you have acted I outright violation of Clause 14 (c) and 15 of your Employment contract which prohibits you from suing the Commission while in employment and disclosing the official/classified information, concerns, affairs, facts or accounts of the commission or any of its participants during your employment or after its termination for any reason without the prior written consent of the Commission" Chebukati said in the letter.

Chiloba has been suspended for a period of three months.

After he was sent home in April, Chiloba moved to court claiming that the suspension was not conducted procedurally.

“As the aggrieved person in this matter, I wish to state that I am not opposed to proceeding on leave. However, you must bear in mind that there are some procedural gaps in that decision leading to injustice and unfairness,” Chiloba said.

His suspension comes at a time President Uhuru Kenyatta issued strict orders sending home procurement and accounting officers in Government to allow fresh vetting.

Mr. Kenyatta’s move is in a bid to stem corruption in Government offices.


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