Wafula Chebukati
Wafula Chebukati. /Courtesy

Appearing before the National Assembly’s Justice and Legal Affairs Committee on Wednesday, IEBC Chairman Wafula Chebukati stated that the Commission is in the process of relocating the headquarters to somewhere outside the Central Business District to enable it undertake its mandate effectively and reduce disruption of other businesses from dissatisfied groups.

“The Commission is in the process of relocation of its IEBC headquarters from Anniversary Towers to somewhere outside CBD preferably a building owned by the commission to save the taxpayers money and minimize disruptions at the CBD,” said Chebukati.

He said that the move will enable the Commission to save money that is normally used to pay rent at Anniversary Towers and enable other businesses to run their business effectively.

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“The IEBC of course is an independent organization which has a lot of interests and more often than not, there are those who are dissatisfied and want to picket and demonstrate. We feel that being in the CBD has been of disservice to other business users and others so we need to be somewhere out there,” he stated.

He further proposed that the IEBC meetings should be held on Hansard to prevent another fallout such as that seen recently among the Commissioners. This will also help to ensure transparency with the public because they will be able to access all the information.

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He proposed regular reviews of the procurement process so that it it is done in an open manner and reduce wastage of public resources.

He added that a proper vetting of staff to have only those who are qualified run the secretariat.

He also defended the functionality of the Commission saying that the other Commissioners resigned on their own accord and there is a procedure in the law, which provides for replacement of those vacancies.

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