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IEBC Appoints Michael Ouma, Crispine Otieno, Ruth Kulundu as Directors

The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) has made three new appointments ahead of the August 9 General Elections. 

In a statement, IEBC Chairman Wafula Chebukati confirmed the appointment of Michael Ouma was appointed as the Director for Information Communication Technology. 

The office was previously held by the late Chris Msando who went missing and later found dead days to the 2017 General Elections. 

Chrispine Otieno was appointed the Director of Legal Services while Ruth Kulundu was appointed the Deputy Commission Secretary in charge of Operations.

Interviews for the shortlisted Applicants were conducted on March 9 and March 10. 

“The Commission congratulates the three successful Applicants on their new appointment,” Chebukati stated.

New IEBC Director for Information Communication Technology Michael Ouma PHOTO/COURTESY

The appointment sparked mixed reactions on social media with focus shifting to the tribes of the new appointees.   

@japhetaseko: When God is on your side even UDA cannot prevent the blessings!

@daisykenyan: IEBC has appointed Michael Ouma as Director of ICT. Had it been a Kiprotich or Kipwewe, Alai and oguda would be dissecting his CV left and right.  

@daveomollo: But they wanted Oburu in the IEBC bench. Why are they wailling for the appointment of Michael Ouma as ICT director, Crispin Otieno as legal director and Ruth Kulundu as deputy commission secretary for operations or i should focus on masks? 

@ivycherop: The “O” factor is detrimental. 

This comes a day after IEBC confirmed the appointment of Hussein Marjan as the Chief Executive Officer of the IEBC, taking over from Ezra Chiloba. 

Marjan served in an acting capacity following Chiloba’s exit in 2018. 

Before that, he was Deputy Commission Secretary support services, a position he had held since April 2015.

IEBC had advertised the position and received hundreds of applications but settled on Marjan for the job.   

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