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Embattled IEBC ICT Director James Muhati to Assume Role as the New Huduma Kenya CEO

James Muhati was chased away by mourners when he went to view the body of Chris Msando. [PHOTO/ COURTESY]

Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) ICT director James Muhati has resigned, and could be headed to the Huduma Kenya, it has emerged.

Reports reaching Kahawa Tungu intimate that the troubled director has been appointed by the Ministry of Public Service, Youth and Gender affairs as the Huduma Kenya CEO and the appointment is to be made public in a few days.

He will replace the current CEO Mr Dennis Mutuku.

His five-year term ends in May, but he has opted to leave early. Following his resignation, his position will be taken up by manager for business systems at the commission, Silas Njeru.

Mr Muhati is among four directors whose terms are expiring, and while others sought extension of their terms, Muhati opted out.

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Directors seeking extension of their terms include acting CEO Hussein Marjan, whose substantive appointment is that of a deputy CEO, the Audit Risk and Compliance director Osman Hassan Ibrahim and Voter Registration and Electoral Operations director Rasi Masudi.

Mr Muhati has had a frosty relationship with the Chairman Mr Wafula Chebukati that forced the commission to suspend him before the 2017 General Elections. He was however recalled following the murder of Chris Msando, who was holding the position.

Muhati was accused of refusing to cooperate with audit officers checking the agency’s ICT systems.

Following the disputed Presidential Election, opposition outfit, the National Super Alliance (Nasa) accused him together with the then CEO Ezra Chiloba of bungling elections.

Since Chiloba was fired, the commission has unsuccessfully tried to hire a new CEO.

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Written by Francis Muli

Senior reporter at Kahawa Tungu, Muli has a passion for human interest stories. Believes in unearthing societal rots that have been hidden from the public eye.
Follow me on Twitter @FmuliKE. Email francis@kahawatungu.com

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