New twist ahead of IEBC commissioners appointments as Uhuru replaces panelist

Friday, May 28th, 2021 12:59 |
Uhuru appoints IEBC panelist to replace Daisy Jemator
President Uhuru Kenyatta:PHOTO/File

President Uhuru Kenyatta revoked the appointment of one panellist who was to be part of the seven-member team set to interview and replace four Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commissioners. 

In a gazette notice dated Wednesday, May 26, the President replaced Dorothy Jemator with Morris Muli who was nominated by Law Society of Kenya to represent the society. 

“I appoint Morris Kimuli to be a member of the selection panel for the selection of nominees for the appointment of members of the IBEC. The appointment of Kimengech Dorothy Jemator is revoked,” Uhuru said in the gazette notice. 

Uhuru appointed Jemator alongside six other persons on April 26 to sit in the selection panel that would fill the four seats in the electoral body.

While Jemator was nominated by LSK CEO Mercy Wambua, Kimuli who will be sworn in today on Friday, May 28 at the Supreme Court was picked by Nelson Havi, the chair of the society. 

According to Havi, Jemator holds two state appointments, a factor that made him settle on Kimuli. 

“Dorothy Jemator should continue serving the Jubilee and ODM parties and the Government of Kenya in the Energy and Petroleum Tribunal; the HIV/Aids Tribunal; and the BBI Steering Committee. A State officer cannot serve as an appointee of the LSK in the Selection Panel,” Havi said.

In a short period, the lawyer has landed high-profile appointments in government agencies. 

For instance, on May 23, 2019, Attorney General Kihara Kariuki appointed Jemator a member of the HIV and Aids Tribunal for a period of three years.

On March 3, 2020, the Cabinet Secretary for Energy Charles Keter appointed her a member of the Energy and Petroleum Tribunal also for a three-year period.

She also served in the BBI steering committee which gave birth to the Constitution of Kenya (Amendment) Bill 2020.

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