Details of a series of closed-door meetings that hatched a deal for the peaceful exit of Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) officials have now been laid plain.
This comes barely two days after the commissioners expressed their readiness to go home when they appeared before Parliament’s Joint Select Committee.
It is now emerging that the poll officials held the committee at ransom and that reaching the deal involved a lot of persuasions since the parliamentary team had no tangible evidence against the electoral officials.
Co-chairs of the select team – Senators JAMES ORENGO (Siaya) and KIRAITU MURUNGI (Meru) – reportedly went beyond law and political interest in a bid to strike a deal.
According to a Member of Parliament who declined to be named, the IEBC officials left office under their own terms and not the committee’s.
He further stated that commissioners scored big time and did the select committee a huge favour by voluntarily leaving office.
Reports indicate that the Hassan-led team was secretly pushing for their exit despite maintaining a hard-line stance in public.
Apparently, the commissioners wanted to ensure that President Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy William Ruto were solidly behind them and that they got their entitlements if they decided to leave office.
They also reportedly wanted to leave clean meaning they did not want any criminal proceedings brought against them.
The big breakthrough came when Attorney General Githu Muigai and Treasury Cabinet Secretary Henry Rotich said that the government will use cash from the Contingency Fund to pay the commissioners.
It is then that they struck a deal with the very same committee they had earlier accused of undertaking an illegal process.