Wanderi resigns as IEBC commissioner over ‘undue public lynching’

Francis Mathenge Wanderi has resigned as IEBC commissioner.

In a letter to President William Ruto dated December 7, Wanderi said the ‘argonising’ decision to quit was due to ‘undue and unwarranted public lynching’.

“This decision was extremely difficult and argonising to me and my family,” he said.

His resignation comes days after IEBC Vice Chairperson Juliana Cherera and Commissioner Justice Nyang’aya resigned from their positions.

In her letter, Cherera said in her tenure as the commissioner she dispensed her duties diligently, meticulously and put a spirited effort in helping the commission deal with corporate governance issues under very difficult circumstances.

“However, my cumulative actions done in good faith are unfortunately misjudged and misinterpreted. After careful consideration and in consultation with my family and lawyers, I accept that my stay at the commission is no longer tenable and therefore choose to vacate,” she added

On his part, Nyang’aya said he took the choice to resign after two weeks of soul searching and thought it was in the best interests of the country.

“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. We all agree that the best interest of the nation must always supersede our individual interest.”

The three commissioners’ resignation followed move by President William Ruto to suspend them from the Commission.

A tribunal formed by the President is investigating their conduct following their decision to dispute Ruto’s presidential win.

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