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Roselyn Akombe Suggests Poll Rigging Plot as Ezra Chiloba Returns

by Robert Mwangi
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Roselyn Akombe reacts to Ezra Chiloba's appointment

Former Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) commissioner Roselyn Akombe is very curious following the return of her ex-boss Ezra Chiloba in public service.

Chiloba, who served as the Chief Executive Officer of the electoral agency, was yesterday confirmed as the Communication Authority of Kenya (CA) director-general.

In a tweet, Akombe alluded that Chiloba might have been brought back to help in the rigging of the 2022 General Election.

“And with the appointment of CA Director General, 2022 is sealed,” she wrote.

The CA plays a critical role in any General Election.

Last week, IBEC chairperson Wafula Chebukati said the Authority should be blamed if the commission fails to deliver a credible election next year.

In a situation report, Chebukati highlighted that the CA was yet to equip all polling stations with the 3G network to facilitate the transmission of presidential results.

The law states that the presidential results must be transmitted from polling stations to the national tallying centre immediately after the count to forestall any doctoring.

Almost immediately after the 2017 General Election, Chiloba was sent on compulsory leave to allow an audit.

The IEBC Board said many procurement irregularities needed to be investigated.

However, in October 2018 he was fired.

Chiloba was at the centre of controversy following the bungling of the 2017 presidential election.

The commission was accused of rigging out ODM leader Raila Odinga in favour of President Uhuru Kenyatta.

A petition by the opposition saw the presidential election nullified, with the Supreme Court citing procedural irregularities.

A few weeks before the poll, the commission ICT boss Chris Musando was murdered under unclear circumstances.

In the past, Akombe, who resigned just before the repeat poll, suggested that Musando was killed after he refused to collaborate with top IEBC officials who wanted to manipulate the election.

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