Days after President William Ruto suspended Juliana Cherera and three other commissioners from the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC), she announced her resignation.
Following Justus Nyang'aya's decision to retire last Friday, Cherera is the second commissioner to submit her resignation.
President Ruto stated in Special Gazette Notice Number 258 that "The mandate of the tribunal shall be to consider the petition for the removal of Members of Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) (1) Juliana Whonge Cherera, (2) Francis Mathenge Wanderi, (3) Irene Cherop Masit, and (4) Justus Abonyo Nyang'aya from office and to inquire into the allegations therein."
Cherera stated that her "stay at the commission is no longer tenable" in her letter of resignation.
"I resign today as a commissioner and the vice chair of the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission, and I do so with great regret.
Since joining the commission, I have carried out my responsibilities with diligence, care, and a sincere effort to assist the commission in resolving corporate governance issues under very trying conditions "said she.
"Unfortunately, the sum of my good faith acts have been misconstrued and misinterpreted. I agree that my presence at the commission is no longer tenable and chose to leave after giving current developments at the commission, as well as discussions with my family and attorneys.
She praised the president for giving her the chance "to serve the republic" before she concluded.
The four IEBC commissioners' appeal for removal was also made public by the president, who also announced the creation of a tribunal with the authority to do so.
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