Gladys Shollei, the deputy speaker of the National Assembly, insisted on Friday, December 2, that the four Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) commissioners under investigation will not quit regardless of what happens with their investigations.
In a statement, Shollei said that the tribunal set up by President William Ruto had the responsibility of providing information about the character and suitability of the four commissioners.
Investigations will make sure Kenyans know the truth about the altercation and confusion that took place at the Bomas National Tallying Center during the August 2022 election when the electoral commissioners were at odds with one another, she continued.
The tribunal, as required by article 251 of the Constitution, is required to look into the situation, report on the facts, and make a binding recommendation to the President, according to the Deputy Speaker.
“Resignation cannot absolve the Tribunal of its responsibility to look into IEBC commissioners.
“The Tribunal must fulfill its obligation to investigate their actions and present the evidence. Shollei argued that Kenyans “deserve to know why they engaged in serious misbehavior during the past election.
Her words were spoken a few hours after Justus Nyang’aya, one of the four commissioners, caused a national uproar by resigning.
Justus Nyang’aya submitted his resignation, stating that he had thought about it and decided that it was best to put the needs of the country first. The other three, Irene Masit, Francis Wanderi, and vice chair Juliana Cherera, are still in their positions.
In part, the letter stated, “I have always tried to act in the country’s best interest, even though my actions, taken in good faith, have been misconstrued.”
The resignation occurred as tensions between the nation’s two main political parties were beginning to rise.
President Ruto carried on the National Assembly’s request to suspend the four commissioners under fire and further established a tribunal to look into them.