Embattled IEBC commissioner Irene Masit moves to court to block her removal from office

(From L-R)Suspended IEBC Commissioners Juliana Cherera and Irene Masit. PHOTO/Courtesy

Embattled Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commissioner Irene Masit has moved to court challenging her removal from office.

Masit who was among the four commissioners who were suspended by President William Ruto upon recommendation by the Justice and Legal Affairs Committee 

The petitioner also wants the court to block her replacement at the IEBC and all her privileges that have been withdrawn reinstated.

She further wants the Muchelule tribunal that was formed to probe the four commissioners be restrained from commencing its sittings.

Masit wants her reinstatement pending the hearing and determination of the case.

She argues that the four petitions filed by the Republican Liberty Party, Rev. Denis N. Nthumbi, Geoffery Langat and Awuor Steve Gerry before the parliamentary committee have no constitutional, statutory and legal substratum.

She argues that the National Assembly, JLAC, Hon. Gitonga Muragara and the Muchelule tribunal acted with bias and without impartiality. 

“The proceedings were in open contempt of the constitution, the cited statutes and the law, Masit says.

According to her, the impugned proceedings violated Supreme Court decision on presidential petition and the respondent exercised its referral or repository judicial power, in bad faith, bias and in a process tainted with bias and improper purpose.