MPs grill Chiloba over Sh250m pay for faulty poll devices

Mercy Mwai @wangumarci

Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) chief executive Ezra Chiloba was yesterday put on the spot over payment of Sh250 million for electronic devices that failed during the 2013 General Election.

Appearing before the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) Chiloba was taken to task to explain why he allowed the payment yet he was aware that the devices did not work. MPs led by Suna East’s Junet Mohammed tasked Chiloba to explain why they spent the money on gadgets they knew well failed to operate during the 2013 General Election.

The committee chaired by Ugunja MP Opiyo Wandayi which is interrogating the report of Auditor General Edward Ouko relating to the commission’s accounts for the year 2014/15 has questioned the procurement of Sh1.7 billion paid to Face Technologies Limited of South Africa for the supply, delivery, installation, training, testing and commissioning of 30,000 Electronic Voter Identification Devices (EVIDs) as well as the issue of irregular payment of transport materials.

Chiloba defended himself saying he opted to pay Sh250 million instead of Sh460 million for the supply of 4,600 additional kits which were the hand-held devices but were not paid for in 2013.

Further he clarified that internal auditors commissioned by the National Treasury to critically analyse the commission’s pending bill had okayed the payment.

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