PER DIEMS

Cancel Dubai training joyride for IEBC team

The trip is doubly unnecessary because ESAMI has offices in Nairobi and Arusha

In Summary

• The IEBC is spending Sh9 million to send eight directors and commissioners to Dubai for training in April

• ESAMI, which has offices in Nairobi, will conduct the training for the IEBC on boundary delimitation

IEBC commissioners Abdi Guliye, Boaya Molu, chairman Wafula Chebukati and acting CEO Marjan Hussein before the PAC on November 27, 2018.
IEBC commissioners Abdi Guliye, Boaya Molu, chairman Wafula Chebukati and acting CEO Marjan Hussein before the PAC on November 27, 2018.
Image: JACK OWUOR

The IEBC is spending around Sh9m to send eight commissioners and directors to Dubai for training in April on electoral boundary delimitation and modelling.

This trip is completely superfluous. The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission must already possess the expertise to define constituency boundaries.

The commissioners say they will train IEBC staff on their return from Dubai. This is ridiculous. They should send permanent IEBC staff to Dubai, if deemed necessary, and, on their return, they could train the commissioners who are temporary.

What proves that this training is a joyride is that it is being conducted by ESAMI which has offices in Nairobi. Normally the Eastern and Southern African Management Institute conducts its training in Arusha or regional capitals. ESAMI could easily have trained the IEBC team in their Nairobi offices.

This training is completely unnecessary. The wrong people are being sent to Dubai to learn what they already know from an institution operating in Nairobi.

This nonsensical trip should be cancelled immediately so that the taxpayer can save the generous per diems given to the travellers. If necessary, ESAMI can conduct the training in Nairobi or Arusha.

Quote of the day: "Money does not make you happy but it quiets the nerves."

Seán O'Casey
The Irish dramatist was born on March 30,1880