Ezra Chiloba is the IEBC CEO who according to Jackson Biko is a detail oriented kind of person who studied law at the University of Nairobi, has a Master’s in public policy from Central European University (Budapest) and is currently pursuing a PhD in political science and government (UoN).
Mr Chiloba, part of the team that delivered a hotly contested election had a sit down with Biko and cleared the air on some of the propaganda flying around.
When asked about the attention that he has been getting from the haters, fans and women who just want to have his babies, the CEO said:
”You know, I don’t have a life anymore. I have to camouflage a lot. I don’t think if you met me last week you’d recognise me. That’s changed now. I went for shopping at Galleria Mall and everyone just stares and stops. They want selfies and families call out and say, “Hey Chiloba come and say hello to my children!” Then I went to Yaya Centre and the same thing happened and I was like, oh my God, this is not nice. So my security guy was like, “CEO, I think next time just go home straight from the office.” But Kenyans being Kenyans, they’ll forget soon.”
Ezra on the other hand revealed that the flattery from the females has not changed his person but was grateful that it got the younger demographic to pay attention to the elections.
”The question I keep asking myself is, “Where did that come from?” I’ve been in town for the last two and a half years and nobody has paid me a passing glance. (Chuckles) I’m not the type of guy who goes out searching for fame. I just focus on my job. This is some sort of brief national infatuation. On the flip side, it’s a good thing because it drew attention to elections with the younger demographic. They paid attention.”
The commissioner cleared the air on rumours that have being doing rounds on social media that he has married in the Kenyatta family saying:
”Well, as much as it might be flattering it’s not true. I have no relations with the Kenyattas. You know when I was appointed, they said I was appointed because of Jomo Gecaga, a guy I’ve never met in my life. When the ballot paper thing came up, they said oh, it was Chiloba and Muhoho who fixed this stuff. Never met these guys in my life! Never met the president one-on-one. I saw pictures the other day of me and a lady in a wedding line-up who is supposedly my wife. That’s not my wife. I was in a wedding two years ago as the best man and the lady—an MP’s wife, was the best maid.”
The very meticulous and laid back Chiloba also said that the social media buzz surprised him a little bit but kept his ‘eye on the ball.’
When asked about loving his newly coined nickname ‘Chilobae,’ he said that he has always been Chiloba with an ‘e.’
”Oh boy. Can I tell you something? Do you know what my private e-mail address has always been? It’s Chiloba with an “e” at the end. So I guess I have always been Chilobae.”
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