Justus Nyang’aya resigns as IEBC Commissioner
Embattled IEBC Commissioner Justus Nyang'aya has announced his resignation from the electoral body just hours after President William Ruto suspended him alongside three other commissioners of the electoral body.
In a letter addressed to President William Ruto through the Head of Public Service Felix Koskei, Nyang'aya noted that his resignation takes effect today.
He stated that his move comes after weeks of soul searching and prayer in pursuit of wisdom to come up with a decision that is in the best interest of the country.
"It is with a heavy heart that I tender my resignation as a commissioner of the IndependentElectoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) effective today. In the last few weeks, I have had serious soul searching and being a man of faith, prayed fervently so that I may have the wisdom to make a decision that is in the best interest of the country," the letter read in part.
The exiting commissioner maintained that his move to disagree with the presidential election results as announced by IEBC Chairman Wafula Chebukati was misconstrued though he took it in good faith and in the best interest of the country.
"I have always endeavored to act in the best interest of the country, although my actions, taken in good faith have been misconstrued," he added.
"I am grateful that I have been given an opportunity to serve our great nation and intend to continue doing so in other capacities," he added.'"I am grateful that I have been given an opportunity to serve our great nation and intend to continue doing so in other capacities," he added.
Ruto suspends 4 IEBC Commissioners
President William Ruto this morning suspended the four embattled electoral commissioners pending further investigations into their conduct.
In a gazette notice on Friday, December 2, the President also appointed a nine-member tribunal led by Court of Appeal Judge Aggrey Muchelule to inquire into four petitions seeking removal from office of IEBC vice-chair Juliana Cherera and commissioners Irene Masit, Justus Nyang’aya and Francis Wanderi.
Other members of the tribunal are Carolyne Kamende Daudi, Linda Gakii Kiome, Mathew Njaramba Nyabena and Col. (Rtd.) Saeed Khamis Saeed.
Kibet Kirui Emmanuel and Irene Tunta were named as joint secretaries of the tribunal.
The tribunal's lead counsel will be Peter Munge Murage who will be assisted by Zamzam Abdi Abib.
"The mandate of the Tribunal shall be to consider the Petition for the removal of (1) Juliana Whonge Cherera, (2) Francis Mathenge Wanderi, (3) Irene Cherop Masit and (4) Justus Abonyo Nyang’aya from office as members of Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) and to inquire into the allegations therein," President Ruto said.