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June 25, 2018

Union asks court to save Chiloba, secretariat officials from IEBC purge

 IEBC Chief Executive Officer Ezra Chiloba speaks during a news conference at Bomas of Kenya in Nairobi ahead of the announcement of the winner of the presidential election, August 11, 2017. /REUTERS
IEBC Chief Executive Officer Ezra Chiloba speaks during a news conference at Bomas of Kenya in Nairobi ahead of the announcement of the winner of the presidential election, August 11, 2017. /REUTERS

A union of independent commission workers has moved to court seeking orders to stop IEBC from sacking CEO Ezra Chiloba and some secretariat officials.

The group wants the officials implicated in the violation of laws which saw the declaration of President Uhuru Kenyatta as winner of August 8 poll nullified.

They want the court to stop the electoral commission's bosses from taking any form of disciplinary action against the officials.

The lot also named Immaculate Kassait, James Muhati, Betty Nyabuto, Praxides Tororey and Moses Kipkogey as some the officials they want spared in the purge.

The Kenya Independent Commission Workers Union moved to the Labour and Employment Relations Court on Thursday.

They want the court to issue orders restraining IEBC from commencing any disciplinary action, suspending or interfering with their employment.

Chiloba and the other officials were sidelined in changes made at the secretariat ahead of the October 17 election.

The fresh poll was staged following the Supreme Court's cancellation of the presidential election held on August 8.

Chairman Wafula Chebukati made the changes when he constituted a new team to oversee the repeat election.

Earlier, there were reports that the CEO and the officials themselves moved to court seeking redress on the same.

Chiloba dismissed the claims.

He said: "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."

Read: Crisis as 4 IEBC commissioners defend Chiloba

 

This story has been updated

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