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KOT reacts to ‘Chilobae’ comeback

Kenyans on Twitter have shared varied reactions following the appointment of Ezra Chiloba as the new Communications Authority of Kenya (CAK) Chief Executive.

Via a statement on Tuesday September 28, 2021, CAK Board chairperson Kembi Gitura explained Chiloba would hold the position for a renewable term of four years.

“The appointment follows a competitive recruitment process to fill the position left vacant with the retirement of the former Director-General, Francis Wangusi,” reads the statement in part.

Mercy Wanjau has been holding the position in an acting capacity.

Chiloba has in the past served in the same capacity at the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC). His tenure at the electoral agency was was marred by controversy after the Supreme Court ruled that the 2017 General elections held in August of that year was marred by illegalities and irregularities.

Roselyn Akombe, Chiloba’s former colleague at the IEBC has linked his appointment to the 2022 general elections.

 

Chiloba was ousted from the electoral agency in 2018 after he was found culpable of accusations arising from an internal audit report on major procurement during the 2017 polls.

After the General Election, Chiloba fell out with the Commission Chairman Wafula Chebukati, who suspended him to facilitate an audit of the expenditures.

Defending his suspension, Chebukati said the move was reached after the commission undertook a comprehensive audit of all the major procurements relating to the 2017 General Election and repeat poll, held on October 26.

Chiloba, however, filed a case in court contesting his suspension but chose to resign later.