President William Ruto has sacked four IEBC commissioners in response to allegations of misconduct and constitutional violations.
4. Justus Nyang.
His suspension paves the way for an investigation into the conduct of the nine-member tribunal after contesting the August 9, 2022 presidential election results announced by IEBC chairman Wafula Chebukati.
“The court’s decision is to consider a motion to dismiss:
(1) Juliana Whonge Cherera,
(2) Francis Mathenge Wanderi,
(3) Irene Cherop Masit and
(4) Justus Abonyo Nyang’aya
Members of the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) to investigate the allegations against him, President Ruto said in Special News Notice No. 258.
In carrying out its functions, the Tribunal shall – (a) promptly prepare and submit reports and recommendations; and (b) exercise all the powers conferred by law for the proper execution of its mandate.
The accused group alleged that Chebukati had rigged the results for President William Ruto, leaving Ruto’s main challenger, Raila Odinga, disempowered.
The Justice and Law Committee of the National Assembly (JLAC) recommended the president to set up a court to investigate the implementation of the four elections.
The National Assembly adopted the JLAC report on Thursday, December 1.
On December 2, through a special Gazette Notice, President Ruto dismissed four commissioners and established a nine-member tribunal led by Justice Aggri Muchelul.
Here the Gazette Notice
The head of state ordered the investigation to be expedited and the report submitted to him.
The four commissioners will not be allowed to share their powers upon removal, but will be paid half their salaries.
The court may recommend the removal or full reinstatement of the commissioner.