Suspended Electoral body chief Ezra Chiloba has bounced back to office. Employment and Labour Relations Court judge Stephen Radido yesterday issued orders restraining the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) chairman Wafula Chebukati and his team from blocking Chiloba to resume duty and carrying out his functions.
The judge effectively extinguished Chebukati’s April 6 internal memo which sent Chiloba on three months’ compulsory leave ostensibly to pay way for comprehensive investigations into procurement matters related to last year’s General Election.
However, IEBC is at liberty to kick-start a disciplinary process against Chiloba in case an internal audit report implicated him in malpractices.
“The order issued hereby does not restrain Chebukati, commissioners and the IEBC from dealing with Chiloba’s case in a manner which is provided for in terms of his contractual agreement,” the judge said.
“The court wishes to observe that Chiloba may also want to search his soul in respect of the circumstances surrounding the 2017 General Election considering the high trust and confidence which was expected of him in his high public office,” Justice Radido observed.