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IEBC Commissioner Resigns

IEBC commissioner Mr. Justus Nyang’aya has resigned from the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC), hours after being suspended by President William Ruto.

In a letter to President William Ruto, Nyang'aya said he has put down as IEBC commissioner, paving the way for the investigating committee to finalize their reports.

“It is with heavy heart that I tender my resignation as a commissioner of the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission, effective today,” states the letter dated December 2.

“In the last few weeks, I have heard serious soul-searching and, being a man of faith, prayed fervently so that I may have the wisdom to decide that is in the best interest of the country. We all agree that the best interest of the nation must always supersede our individual interests,” he added.

The commissioner said he has always “endeavored to act in the best interest of the country, although my actions, taken in good faith have been misconstrued”.

However, the former Prime Minister made the remarks after President William Ruto told suspended the four commissioners, even though the hearing of four petitions lodged against the officials of the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) at Parliament.

In a tweet, Ruto asked the Azimio leader to keep off the process, saying under his administration the rule of law will have a say and “not the wishes of big men”.

The Head of State alleged that Raila used the political truce with retired President Uhuru Kenyatta to undermine oversight institutions in the previous administration.

“The lords of impunity, who destroyed oversight institutions using the handshake fraud, should allow parliament to hold rogue officials who put the nation in danger by subverting the democratic will of the people to be held to account,” Ruto said in a tweet.

President Ruto suspended the IEBC vice chairperson Juliana Cherera and Commissioners Nyang’aya, Irene Masit and Francis Wanderi pending investigation by a tribunal chaired by Justice Aggrey Muchelule.

The four have been accused of gross misconduct over their decision to reject the presidential results that were used to declare Dr Ruto the country’s fifth president.

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