Forget about rigging! MPs unearth the worst thing Chiloba did during 2017 polls

The National Assembly Accounts committee’s report has found former IEBC CEO Ezra Chiloba guilty of poor planning of procurement processes, withholding crucial information from the commissioners, failing to demand procurement bonds before signing contracts and purchasing Sh127.6 million extra data bundles, which were never used.

“For instance, he awarded a contract for BVR IBM server infrastructure maintenance and KIEMS infrastructure security monitoring solutions through direct procurement at a cost of Sh452 million, which was eventually not utilised during the 2017 General Election.”

The former CEO is also accused of inflating costs and creating loopholes exploited to subvert proper functioning of the commission.

Marjan, Praxedes and Muhati were found to have misled the IEBC on issues in their departments, occasioning loss of money.

The MPs accuse Praxedes, currently a commissioner at the Independent Police Oversight Authority, of failing to provide sound legal advice on direct procurement of election materials and services.

Almost all materials and services procured during the electioneering were never subjected to competitive tendering. They were obtained directly from identified suppliers.

Marjan, who was the tender committee chair, was equally faulted for misleading Chiloba into signing BVR IMB server infrastructure maintenance and KIEMS infrastructure security monitoring solutions contract against the Public Procurement and Assets Disposal Act, 2015.

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