The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) has replaced the ICT Director James Muhati with Albert Gogo. This comes four days after the Supreme Court of Kenya annulled the 2017 Presidential Election citing massive irregularities and illegalities. After the Supreme Court delivered its ruling, the chair of IEBC Wafula Chebukati announced that the commission would make drastic changes in the secretariat, and four days later he in his capacity as the Returning Officer for the Presidential Election has announced some changes.
In addition to replacing James Muhati with Albert Gogo to head the ICT Department, Mr. Chebukati has also appointed Mr. Marjan Hussein Marjan as the Project Coordinator, Dr. Sidney Namulungu to Head Operations, Ms. Nancy Kariuki as the Head of Logistics, and Mr. Bernard Misati Moseti as the Head of Training.
In a press statement sent to newsrooms a few minutes ago, Mr. Chebakuti emphasized that the ICT Director Albert Gogo will be under direct supervision of the National Returning Officer, who also doubles up as the Chairman of IEBC. The appointment of the new personnel takes effect immediately and will last for three months. Mr. Chebukati has also taken the opportunity to assure Kenyans that the forthcoming Presidential Election will be conducted in strict compliance with the Constitution and relevant laws and that it will reflect the sovereign will of the Kenyan people.
After the Supreme Court nullified the Presidential Election, NASA made several demands including the coming together of political parties to agree on who and who will head what departments at the IEBC. NASA agreed with Chebukati that certain individuals needed to be fired, but the coalition insisted that IEBC could not be trusted to handle the firing. The individuals that NASA wanted fired included the IEBC CEO Ezra Chiloba, ICT director James Muhati, and director of voter registration Immaculate Kassait among others. Mr. Chebukati has not clarified what will happen to Ezra Chiloba and Immaculate Kassait, so we will assume that they remain firmly in office.