Political analyst Herman Manyora has attempted to explain why some former IEBC officials are landing positions in President William Ruto’s government.
Ruto, for instance, has named former IEBC information technology boss James Muhati as his new Economic Planning Principal Secretary.
Manyora says that this is because the commission is never independent, and leaders manage to get people there who to what they want done for them.
He argues that those who do the assigned jobs well are rewarded when the time comes, which he claims is the situation in Muhati’s case.
“There is always an invisible hand behind the commission. Contrary to its name, it has never been independent. Powerful people in government always want to micromanage it,” he told the Daily Nation.
He says that it is for this reason that IEBC officials are always appearing to be allied to one side; hoping for goodies when they leave the commission.
“It is the reason the personnel at the commission are always singing and dancing to the tune of someone else. In the end, those who sing or dance the best get a safe landing, largely in the form of appointments,” the UoN don is quoted.
The paper reports that therefore, IEBC Chair Wafula Chebukati could be headed for something big after his retirement, in form of a state appointment.
This is after the moves he made to ensure Ruto takes over, which Ruto has acknowledged, praising him and branding him a hero.