President Uhuru revokes IEBC panelist appointment


President Uhuru Kenyatta has revoked the appointment of Dorothy Jemator as the Law Society of Kenya (LSK) representative to IEBC’s selection panel following the orders issued by High Court judge Justice Odunga.

On Wednesday, May 26, 2021 through Gazette Notice no.5091 appointed Morris Kimuli in place of Jemator. 

“In Exercise of the powers conferred to me, I appoint Morris Kimuli to be a member of the selection panel for the selection of nominees for the appointment of members of IEBC.

“The appointment of Kimengech Dorothy Jemator is revoked,” Uhuru ordered. 

On May 11, 2021 Justice Odunga overturned the appointment of Jemator and ordered the National Assembly Speaker Justin Muturi to instead receive the nomination of Morris Kimuli. 

Jemator had been accused of holding two offices; judicial office and the latest appointment to the selection panel in steering Committee. 

She had been appointed to serve as a member of the Energy and Petroleum Tribunal in 2020 for a period of three years and she was also a member of the HIV and AIDS Tribunal.

“If the court has found there to be a breach of duty, a mandatory order may be granted if in all the circumstances that appears to the court to be the appropriate form of relief,” Odunga ruled. 

On April 28, 2021, High Court judge Justice Antony Mrima restrained Jemator from assuming her role as LSK representative at the IEBC selection committee, minutes before she was sworn into the office until the case filed against her was heard. 

Reports revealed that over 700 Kenyans applied for the four IEBC Commissioner jobs in which successful applicants will be vetted by the selection committee before their names are forwarded to President Uhuru Kenyatta for appointment. 

Members of the selection committee include; Dr. Elizabeth Muli, Gideon Solonka, Awori James Achoka, Elizabeth Odindo Meyo, Joseph Ngumbi Mutie and Suleiman Abdalla.

The new appointee, Morris Kimuli will be sworn in at a later date. 

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