Five IEBC Commissioners namely Consalta Nkatha Maina who is the Vice Chairperson of IEBC, Commissioner Prof. Yakub Guliye, Commissioner Amb. Paul Kurgat, Commissioner Boya Molu, and Commissioner Margaret Mwachanya have collectively disowned the now infamous Chebukati Memo to Chiloba.
In a Press Statement shared from the official IEBC Twitter handle under the trending hashtag #ChebukatiMemoToChiloba, the five IEBC Commissioners wrote that their attention has been drawn to the media reports on an alleged 12 issues on the just concluded General Election, but that the issues captured in the alleged Memo written by the Chairman Mr. Wafula Chebukati to the CS/CEO Mr Ezra Chiloba were not discussed and sanctioned by the Commission Plenary.
According to the five IEBC Commissioners, the issues raised in the Chebukati Memo to Chiloba are based on some “report or information that has not been brought to the attention of the Commission”. Further, the IEBC Commissioners pointed out that “most of the issues raised are not factual and could easily mislead if taken out of context”.
“We wish to reassure the country that the Commission is in the process of preparing for a fresh presidential election to be held on 17th October 2017. Our commitment is to ensure that a credible process is held in line with the principles enunciated by the Supreme Court in its brief judgement. We invite all Kenyans to stand by the Commission as it carries out this mandate”, the Press Statement concluded.
The Press Statement has been issued shortly after a few individuals at Twitter started portraying the Chebukati Memo to Chiloba as part of Fake News. Twitter user John Brass for example has ‘analyzed’ the memo and found the letterhead to be wrong, the Reference of the letter to be unrecognized, a problem with the subject of the letter, and other ‘serious’ issues.
— john brass (@brass_official) September 7, 2017
However, I noticed that he took issue with the Chiloba’s referenced memo directed to IEBC staff. He says the memo by Chiloba ought to have been dated August 31st, 2017 and not September 1st, 2017. The memo being referred to in part 1 of Chebukati Memo to Chiloba is a memo Chiloba wrote after the Supreme Court ruling. There is therefore no way Chiloba could have dated his memo a day prior to the Supreme Court ruling.
And the drama continues.