, NAIROBI, Kenya, Sep 7 – The Employment and Labour Relations Court has declined to issue temporary orders restraining the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission from suspending or sacking its Chief Executive Ezra Chiloba and other secretariat directors.
Judge Nelson Abuodha did however certify the application filed by the Kenya Independent Commissions Workers Union as urgent and set September 20 as the hearing date.
According to the Union, the IEBC chairman Wafula Chebukati has exposed Chiloba and IEBC directors Immaculate Kasait, James Muhati, Betty Nyabuto, Praxedes Tororey and Moses Kipkogey to intimidation and condemned them in the public domain without any investigations.
“Without any investigations or findings the Commission’s contemplated action to restructure the secretariat is malicious, baseless and calculated to intimidate and eventually hound them out of office unprocedurally,” the union states in its court filings.
It has emerged via leaked internal memos that Chebukati has tasked Chiloba with explaining the irregularities and illegalities that led to the nullification of the August 8 presidential election by the Supreme Court.
Chiloba however tweeted that: “Let it be known that I have not instructed anyone to go to Court on my behalf on any matter. We make progress if we avoid sideshows.”