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IEBC commissioner Akombe says Chebukati means well but is too weak to lead

“Well, if he was much more firm, I think probably we would have gone much far. There are aspects of his character that are helpful in a situation like we are in. But there are times he just needs firmness to be able to move on".

By Free Press Reporternewsdesk@kenyafreepress.comWednesday, 18 Oct 2017 09:42 EAT

Ms Akombe with IEBC chairman Wafula Chebukati.

The chairman of IEBC, Wafula Chebukati, is too weak to deal with the partisan commissioners and senior staff members of the commission who are serving partisan interests, resigned IEBC commissioner Roselyn Akombe has revealed.

In an interview with BBC Newsday, Ms Akombe, when asked whether the chairman was capable of leading the commission at this time, said, “Chairman Chebukati is a very well-meaning person. He has a temperament to be able to be a leader, but he is a leader under a siege”.

However, the answer did not satisfy the interviewer, who made it clear to Akombe that her answer was not an endorsement of the chairman. "I mean, is he capable?" the interviewer repeated, to which Akombe responded: “Well, if he was much more firm, I think probably we would have gone much far. There are aspects of his character that are helpful in a situation like we are in. But there are times he just needs firmness to be able to move on".

The commissioner who resigned on a foreign trip said that he continued membership of the commission was not adding any value to her or the country since decisions were being made by four partisan commissioners who formed the voting majority.

“It has become increasingly difficult to continue attending plenary meetings where commissioners come ready to vote along partisan lines and not to discuss the merit of issues before them. It has become increasingly difficult to appear on television to defend positions I disagree with in the name of collective responsibility,” she said in the statement announcing her resignation.

The chairman had not provided effective leadership to deal with the commissioners, or the secretariat who are serving the agenda of external political interests, Akombe said.

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