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Ezra Chiloba takes a break

Updated: 20.10.2017

Embattled elections boss Ezra Chiloba is to take a three-week break and will be away during Thursday’s repeat presidential election.

According to sources close to the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission, Mr Chiloba took a “personal decision to be away in order to build confidence in stakeholders” who had complained about commission officials.

The official has been under tremendous pressure from the National Super Alliance to resign, with flagbearer Raila Odinga calling for street protests to force him, as well as other key officials, out of office, accusing them of mismanaging the August 8 election in which President Uhuru Kenyatta was announced the winner.

The election was subsequently annulled by the Supreme Court which concluded it had not been conducted in accordance with the law.

Mr Chiloba takes leave days after a tough-talking chairman Wafula Chebukati demanded that officials mentioned “adversely’’ after the annulled presidential election step aside. The chairman said the election would not be credible with the officials in office.

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The Supreme Court said it had found no evidence of wrongdoing by any of the officials but politicians have complained and accused the commission of rigging the election, bungling and stealing votes.

Last evening, sources said the decision to take leave had been discussed with the chairman and that Mr Chiloba believes that even in his absence the commission would conduct a credible election because sufficient preparations had been done to address the gaps identified by the Supreme Court.

Mr Chiloba’s decision to take leave came as it emerged that cracks within IEBC began showing when the chairman tabled before the plenary a demand by the National Super Alliance that some of the staff and a commissioner be asked to resign.

Mr Chebukati and Dr Roselyn Akombe wanted the staff and the commissioner named to leave, but those opposed said procedure must be followed. This was before the Supreme Court made its detailed judgment on September 1, where it did not point a finger at any individuals over the illegalities and irregularities in the bungled August 8 elections.

Ezra Chiloba Biography

Ezra Chiloba is the Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) of the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission Kenya. He was elected following the suspension of James Oswago.

Ezra Chiloba CV

Ezra Chiloba Education

  • 2014 – 2018: Undergraduate student at the University of Nairobi,Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.), Political Science and Government
  • 2007 – 2008:Graduate student at the Central European University, Masters of Arts (Distinction), Public Policy
  • 1999 – 2003: Undergraduate student at the University of Nairobi,
    Bachelors of Law

Ezra Chiloba Career

February 2015 – Present: Chief Executive Officer /Commission Secretary, Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission

January 2014 – Present: Senior Fellow at Policy House

  • Went back to Policy House as a senior fellow to provide technical support to the County Prosperity Index (COPI) project.
  • He developed the COPI concept to enable stakeholders appreciate development progress in Kenya’s 47 counties. The Index will be an evidence-base for county policy decisions.
  • He provided support to the lead expert on systems thinking and systems dynamics trainings, facilitating public policy trainings including policy analysis and results-based management.

December 2013 – February 2015:Deputy Team Leader | Governance, DAI | Drivers of Accountability Programme (DAP)

  • Reviewing project proposals received from non-state actors and making recommendations to donors on funding.
  • Engaging with about 20 non-state actors who are beneficiaries under DAP with a view of assessing and reporting on their respective contributions to the outcomes under DAP.
  • Providing contextual political economy analysis on Kenya in relation to DAP.
  • Providing support in programme risk analysis and mitigation.
  • Providing advice to donors and grantees on governance issues particularly in relation to project design and on-going performance.
  • Undertaking policy outreach and engagement with relevant interlocutors such as government institutions and commissions with the aim of improving the programme’s impact and visibility.
  • Supporting the day-to-day management of the DAP including administrative and operations aspects.
  • Managing grantee-DAP-donor relations including non-basket grantees for improved programme delivery.

August 2011 – December 2013: Programme Analyst – Electoral Systems & Processes, UNDP Kenya

  • Core team member of three that was responsible for drafting of the UNDP Country Programme Strategy for 2014-2018. Designed a SMART UNDP programme on “Support to Electoral Reforms and Electoral Processes, 2012-2013” with a budget of USD 40 million.
  • He played a critical role in facilitating the signing of donor agreements worth $32 million (2012-2013). Contributed to the design of the UN integrated framework for free, fair and credible elections in Kenya.
  • The framework provided clear lens through which the UN and key stakeholders could deliver free, fair and peaceful elections for Kenya. Facilitated the signing of $1.6 million towards support to electoral security training for the police with respect to 2013 Kenya elections.
  • Provided quality assurance around project planning and implementation to ensure compliance with UNDPs Programme Policies and Procedures and identifying potential financial risks under the project.
  • Prepared project briefs and updates for different forums including donors, government and UN family and ensured positive relations among these actors.
  • Convened Project Steering Committee meetings as part of regular communication platforms between donors, IEBC, and the UN.
  • Designed the organizational structure and terms of reference for the Project Support Team embedded at the Electoral Commission as the implementation arm of the UNDP project.
  • Represented UNDP at Elections Donor Group meetings and provided briefings for use at the Heads of Missions meetings as part of building trust with partners.
  • Negotiated with partners on project issues and built consensus on solutions before they were escalated thus averting unwarranted project risks. Oversaw project audits and evaluations.
  • Coordinated UNDPA/EAD/RBA assessment mission pre-election assessment leading to stronger relationship between the UNDP Kenya and UN HQs.
  • Acted as team leader for the Democratic Governance Unit whereby I provided team leadership to the Unit.

June 2009 – August 2011: Programme Analyst/Project Manager – Electoral Reforms and Agenda Four Reforms, UNDP Kenya

  • Designed and managed Phase One of UNDP programme of Support to Electoral Reforms and Referendum, 2009-2011 and facilitated the signing of donor agreements amounting to $12 million for this phase.
  • Designed work plans in conjunction with Implementing Partners in accordance with UNDP rules and regulations and ensured activities, budget and targets are reasonable.
  • Monitored budgets and expenditures to ensure that activities were implemented and paid for in accordance with UNDP rules and regulations.
  • Provided training to key staff of the Electoral Commission on UNDP procurement and financial management rules and regulations.
  • Provided advice to the Electoral Commission on project implementation and funds utilisation.
  • Prepared project briefs on a monthly basis as part of ensuring stakeholders are fully informed on project implementation.
  • Oversaw audit and evaluations processes for portfolio projects. Facilitated UNDP/DPA/RBA Electoral Assistance Review Mission in 2011 that resulted into the approval of UN electoral assistance to Kenya in 2011-2013.
  • Appointed by UNDP-RBA to undertake a joint UNDP-DPA/EAD UN Electoral Assistance Review Mission in Malawi in 2011.
  • Facilitated learning on Kenya’s constitutional development among UN agencies after the promulgation of the Constitution 2010.
  • Provided quality assurance to UNDP-Ministry of Justice Project on the implementation of National Accord and Reconciliation reform priorities.
  • Supported other team members within Democratic Governance on project designs, risk management, results reporting and budget tracking using ATLAS ERP system

February 2009 – June 2009: Programme Officer – Human Rights Capacity Strengthening, Oxfam Novib

  • Responsible for the European Commission funded project on human rights and capacity building in Somalia.
  • Coordinated small grants for human rights CSOs in Somalia. Organized human rights advocacy trainings for CSOs in Somalia. Provided reports and advice in relation to the project.
  • Consulted with EC on project implementation status as part of risk management.

August 2008 – June 2009: Founding Director, Policy House

  • Supported the setting up of Policy House. Pioneered private sector led trainings in policy analysis, policy evaluation and results-based management.
  • Managed consultants for Policy House training projects. Office start-up. Recruiting and supervision of staff.

February 2006 – February 2009:Human Rights Officer – Research, Policy and Legislation, Kenya National Commission on Human Rights

  • Conducted research and advocacy on key human rights issues in Kenya including the abolition of the death penalty, right to food, freedom to information, minority and indigenous peoples’ rights, among others.
  • Undertook policy and legislative review from a human rights perspective for purposes of advocacy and lobbying. Focal point on minority and indigenous people’s rights.
  • Also represented Kenya on various forums at the African Commission on Human and Peoples Rights and the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Peoples in New York.
  • Coordinated treaty monitoring of Kenya’s compliance to international human rights treaties including the technical support to shadow reporting under CEDAW, ICCPR and ICESCR treaties.
  • Supported in the design of the M&E framework of the Human Rights Commission’s strategic plan.
  • Effectively represented the Commission in Kenya’s SWAP on Governance, Justice, Law and Order Programme for 2 years.

August 2008 – December 2008: Research and Coordination Officer – Kenya National Dialogue and Reconciliation Project,South Consulting

  • Supported in the design of the M&E Framework and data collection tools for monitoring the implementation of Kenya’s National Peace Accord.
  • Undertook media analysis and reporting on implementation of Kenya’s Agenda Four reforms identified by parties during the peace negotiation in 2008.
  • Prepared monthly and quarterly reports on the status of implementation of the National Accord for submission to the African Union Coordination and Liaison Office chaired by H.E. Kofi Annan.
  • Coordinated other researchers during for the delivery research assignments

October 2004 – February 2006: Programme Officer – Justice Promotion, CEMIRIDE

  • Conducted legal research for public interest litigation.
  • She was involved in the landmark case filed at the African Commission on Human and Peoples Rights on the Ogiek land rights by CEMIRIDE and Minority Rights Group.
  • Organized community outreach and advocacy activities for minority and marginalized groups in Kenya.
  • Supported in the design of new projects including support to biodiversity rights for indigenous groups in Kenya, participation of minorities in the constitutional review process, and public interest litigation.
  • Participated in resource mobilization and partnership building. Developed advocacy and lobbying tools for minority and indigenous groups in Kenya.

October 2002 – September 2004:Programme Assistant (Part-time), Centre for Minority Rights and Development

  • Supported organisation in project events planning and implementation. Supported in community & CSOs mobilization for advocacy.
  • Supported in civic education for minority communities’ participation in constitutional review process.
  • Provided technical support to the Pastoralists Parliamentary Group.
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Ezra Chiloba Philanthropy

January 2007 – March 2007: Book donation project for Kwanza Friends School at Kwanza Friends School

  • Fundraised  about US$1200 for the purchase of 200 textbooks that founded a quality library at Kwanza Friends School.

January 2011: Legal Aid to Mutua Farmers Society, Mutua Farmers Cooperative Society

  • Supported society members with free legal advice and management that enabled more than 100 families eligible to acquire title deeds after waiting for over 35 years. A significant proportion of the members has already received their title deeds.

Ezra Chiloba Publications

  • 2014: Access to Information in Kenya: The Law and Practice in the Last Two Decades (1991–2013)
    Forthcoming in Peter Molnar (ed), Turning Points in Free Speech and Censorship Around the Globe
  • 2012: Citizen Participation through New Technological Platforms: The Promotion of Accountability in Kenya’s Election Process(Link)
    UNDP 2012: Technology and Citizen Participation in the Construction of Democracy, pp77-93
  • 2008: Comparing the Scope of Rights and Freedoms of the Draft Bill of Rights and Kenya’s Bill of Rights.(Link)
    Maina, C.P., (ed), The Protectors: Human Rights Commissions and Accountability in East Africa. Fountain Publishers: Kampala, pp.121-151

Ezra Chiloba Projects

  • Starting December 2013: Drivers of Accountability Programme
  • January 2012 – December 2013: Support to Electoral Reforms and Processes in Kenya
  • June 2009 – December 2011: Support to Electoral Reforms and Constitutional Referendum Processes, 2009-2010
  • July 2009 – June 2013: Support to the Implementation of the National Accord (Agenda Four reforms)- Ministry of Justice in Kenya

Ezra Chiloba Age

Ezra Chiloba is 38 years old as of 2017

Ezra Chiloba Wife – Is Ezra Chiloba Married

IEBC commissioner Roselyn Akombe on Friday (12.8.2017) disappointed Kenyan ladies when she announced that the commission’s CEO Ezra Chiloba is married. Ms Akombe disclosed the marital status of Chiloba after what she termed as numerous inquiries on the Google search engine.

“Our CEO is happily married and he is not a Muslim,” Akombe said amid cheers by the audience in the Bomas of Kenya auditorium.

Kenyan women online had been drooling over Chiloba asking where he goes to church so as to attend the service and meet him over the weekend.

The declaration by Ms Akombe broke the internet as users weighed in with memes.

Ezra Chiloba Interview

Updated: 17.08.2017
Source: Business Daily

From the imposing darkness of a cold evening, Ezra Chiloba, the CEO of Kenya’s elections agency, IEBC, emerges and slinks into an empty restaurant along Riverside Drive, a well-worn cap pulled low over his face.

It is a few days after the announcement of the presidential results and, like his cap, he looks knackered but somehow still manages to hang on a thread of stoicism.

He doesn’t unbutton his blazer and mostly leaves his arms crossed across his chest the whole time, speaking calmly, efficiently, as if words and paragraphs are crystalware he has to balance atop each other.

Rarely, he surprises you with bursts of laughter, but mostly he’s structured and meticulous in character.

Mr Chiloba studied law at the University of Nairobi, has a Master’s in public policy from Central European University (Budapest) and is currently pursuing a PhD in political science and government (UoN).

You realise that things will never be quite the same again because there are people who hate you, people who love you and people who just want to have your babies…

Ezra Chiloba: (Laughs loudly) You know, I don’t have a life anymore. I have to camouflage a lot. I don’t think if you met me last week you’d recognise me. That’s changed now. I went for shopping at Galleria Mall and everyone just stares and stops. They want selfies and families call out and say, “Hey Chiloba come and say hello to my children!” Then I went to Yaya Centre and the same thing happened and I was like, oh my God, this is not nice. So my security guy was like, “CEO, I think next time just go home straight from the office.” But Kenyans being Kenyans, they’ll forget soon.

Is the attention by the womenfolk flattering or do you feel grossly objectified, do you feel like meat and is it an absolute outrage?

Ezra Chiloba: The question I keep asking myself is, “Where did that come from?” I’ve been in town for the last two and a half years and nobody has paid me a passing glance. (Chuckles) I’m not the type of guy who goes out searching for fame. I just focus on my job. This is some sort of brief national infatuation. On the flip side, it’s a good thing because it drew attention to elections with the younger demographic. They paid attention.

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How has all this hullabaloo affected your immediate family?

Ezra Chiloba: I don’t know. (Laughs) My son is two and my daughter is eight so I don’t think they understand this. That leaves my wife…(Pause) Of course she reads these things but I don’t know how she takes them. But for us, the challenge has been much bigger than all these: to ensure that we are safe amidst this love-hate encounters.

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Talking of wife. There’s talk about town that you’ve married in the Kenyatta family.

Ezra Chiloba: (Laughs) Well, as much as it might be flattering it’s not true. I have no relations with the Kenyattas. You know when I was appointed, they said I was appointed because of Jomo Gecaga, a guy I’ve never met in my life. When the ballot paper thing came up, they said oh, it was Chiloba and Muhoho who fixed this stuff. Never met these guys in my life! Never met the president one-on-one. I saw pictures the other day of me and a lady in a wedding line-up who is supposedly my wife. That’s not my wife. I was in a wedding two years ago as the best man and the lady—an MP’s wife, was the best maid.

What do you think was your greatest weakness as the CEO of IEBC?

Ezra Chiloba: (Pause) I think I gave a lot of people the benefit of doubt. When I got there, there are certain changes that we needed to have effected at a certain time to strengthen the organisation that didn’t happen. So people think that I was too slow in making certain decisions that were critical at the time but on reflection, it is just the idea that you want to give each person a chance. People can be better.

There are certain critical decisions that we needed to have made much earlier which we did not. So what that meant is that we had to use extra resources to compensate for the weakness that the organisation might have had.

Then I trusted. That’s the mistake that I made when I was dealing with the politicians, especially. There are members of my staff who also said I’m too strong-willed and don’t accept alternative view. One year later, I think they also saw the style of work, the expectations, and they quickly adjusted.

Are you satisfied with the process of the just concluded election, will your children one day look back and say their father presided over a solid and credible process, is your conscience clear?

Ezra Chiloba: I’m 200 per cent confident. I can tell you that maybe because of my upbringing, sticking to the rules is very important for me, so are my personal values. And at my age why would I want to mess up systems? I have children who I want to grow in a country that I can be proud of and this was an opportunity to try and demonstrate that the right things can be done. I remain undeterred by the propaganda flying around.

You lose friends, I’ve lost many. People look at me differently. My phone currently has over 5,000 unread messages ranging from the good to threats. But I can tell you this, if I were to do it again, I would do the same, same thing.

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Has this experience sort of stirred the politician in you?

Ezra Chiloba: (Laughs) I don’t know. One of the things I know about myself is that I grew up and I’ve been trained for public service. Although my ambition after I left the UN was to join the private sector, I wanted to be a CEO in some private sector at the age of 39. Now I’m 39. (Laughs) So I don’t know whether that will happen. In terms of political ambitions, very remote chances. After doing what I’ve done, the job, the responsibility I’ve held, I ask myself what else.

I’ve interacted with politicians, I see how they behave, I know who they are… seriously, okay, should I do the same things? It will take lots of introspection to come to a conclusion that I’m actually headed into politics.

Called upon, would you preside over another General Election?

Ezra Chiloba: I don’t know for sure. Whilst I love challenges, the only thing I don’t like is doing the same thing over and over again. I avoid monotony. This was an unparalleled experience and I’m glad so far, all the efforts invested in the last two and a half years, have gotten us to where we are. Would I do this again? I think that’s gone. It’s passed.

Ezra Chiloba – An Adventist

Someone mentioned that you are an SDA church elder, and I thought, “really?” So is it true?

Ezra Chiloba: (Chortles) I was brought up an Adventist and I grew up in church for a long time. While at the University of Nairobi, we, the youths, used to have a congregation at the university so that’s where the title elder came. I was one of the leaders. Now I’m not a church elder. Of course I used to be at Lavington SDA were I was engaged actively in church. I’m liberal in many senses, I question a lot of stuff especially the construction of reality and how the church constructs reality, and how reality plays out itself. I try to balance the sense of rational thinking and faith and faith remains my moral compass in life.

Our elections are obviously very polarising and unfortunately someone in your position will draw the same feelings. This is going to be a monkey on your back for a while, are you conscious of this fact?

Ezra Chiloba: Like I said, you don’t have many friends when doing this type of job. The question I ask myself is, if history will have to judge me, on what basis would that be? So I set up parameters, did I follow the law? Yes. Did I make the right decisions when it was necessary? Yes. Were people pleased along the way? Was everyone happy? Not necessarily so, because it did not matter.
Legacy is not being written now, it’s not being affirmed by the people now. It’s about the guys who will come after us. When they look back, will they see a pattern or a product of decisions or actions and be proud that actually we made the right decisions, we did the right thing? That’s the satisfaction that I get.

It’s about the future, not the present. And that’s how we build resilient institutions. These politicians, you meet them and they’ll tell you, “chief, you know, leave politics with us. You just do your job.” And I’m like, “I’m just doing my job.” Because at the end of the day they are politicking and the rules of politics are totally different. (Pause) They don’t like order, they thrive in disorder, so mine is to ensure that we’re just doing what’s orderly.

How much did the chatter on social media affect you as the CEO?

Ezra Chiloba: (Pause) I think it’s just been prominent in the last couple of days. The first instance it came as a surprise. When I became aware of it I thought, “OK, what’s going on here?” but given the fact that we were in the middle of a critical process, I just blocked my ears and eyes. My philosophy is — if you’ve seen something you want you have to focus on getting it. Just keep your eyes on the ball. So …it didn’t bother me.

Did you attend Sabbath this past Saturday?

Ezra Chiloba: No. I haven’t been to church for quite a while — which also kind of made me lose friends. (Chuckles). But like I said before, this was not just a job, I consider it service and every opportunity required me to make a difference while at the Commission. I haven’t consistently gone to church for the last six months but that does not mean I’ve lost the faith. (Chuckles) It means it was a service to my country.

What surprised you the most about this experience?

Ezra Chiloba: (Pause) I mean, I’ve gone through different phases of this process. I always thought I knew a lot about the business of politics having worked in a more or less similar field before. I thought I knew a lot about IEBC until I got in then you realise it’s a totally new place. That forces you to have a mind shift and adjust accordingly.

You can’t approach an institution like this with a Mr. fix-it attitude, you just get there and try and understand the organisation and then adjust. You quickly realise that when you manage politicians don’t expect that they are going to say thank you. There are no accolades, it’s not a celebrity place. It’s a place where you let go a lot of privileges to get things done.

If you were to advise the next CEO of IEBC, what would you tell them?

Ezra Chiloba: (Sighs) You got no friends in town so just do your job. Since it’s a political process, it doesn’t matter how long it takes just stick to the rules. Also, never ever receive praise from a politician because they’ll abandon you the next day. A politician doesn’t love you, there’s nothing like that. It’s self-interest.

So now? What next?

Ezra Chiloba: I haven’t been on leave for the last two and a half years. This historic moment is over and I’m satisfied with everything. I want to take a holiday, spend time with family, go back to doing what I used to do with friends I still have. I want to watch my daughter play with her two dogs.

(Pause) This moment is also a contradiction in a sense; satisfaction and anxiety. I set out to run a very good election, technically effective, efficient, and credible and I’m confident that happened. The anxiety is wondering what’s going to be the end game for the country. Because having a politically stable society is important for me, but then again I have no control over that.

Do you secretly love your new nickname – Chilobae? You can be honest with me…

Ezra Chiloba: (Laughs loudly) Oh boy. Can I tell you something? Do you know what my private e-mail address has always been? It’s Chiloba with an “e” at the end. So I guess I have always been Chilobae.

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From A Rural Village To CEO of Kenya’s Electoral Commission

Jan. 12, 2015, marked a special day for Ezra Simiyu Chiloba. Not only was he celebrating his 36th birthday, he was marking a new stage in his life. The cake had hardly been cut, when the media announced that he had been tapped as the new CEO for Kenya’s Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC).

“It was an exhilarating day. It had paid to be focused and persistent,” said the soft-spoken Chiloba.

Persistent may be an understatement. The native of western Kenya worked his way up from a remote village to Nairobi University for his bachelor’s degree and on to the Central European University for his master’s. He progressed through a series of demanding roles with the United Nations Development Program, the Kenya National Commission on Human Rights, and Oxfam Novib, among others, until he eventually landed at Policy House, a strategic management institution he helped found in 2008.

Now one of the youngest CEOs in Kenya’s history to oversee the country’s primary electoral body, Chiloba faces his biggest challenge yet: He must regain the public’s trust following two controversial general elections in 2007 and 2013.

If his career trajectory is any indication, Chiloba is likely to rise to the occasion. His rapid ascent to one of the nation’s top electoral posts was no miracle, he says, but the result of pure discipline, hard work, teamwork, honesty, and determination.

Here’s his advice for young Kenyans looking to follow in his footsteps and make their mark early on.

Ezra Chiloba wakes up early.

“We are all allotted 24 hours each day. We share the same air, infrastructure, among other things. However, it is through these traits that one distinguishes himself or herself from others,” he says.

Chiloba believes that if you want to be among the best and rise through the ranks, you have to get up early. Like most successful CEOs, Chiloba’s day begins at 4 a.m. and ends around midnight.

He tells the youth that if they want to be achievers in their careers, they have to wake up as early as 3 a.m. “If you are not up at this time, then you are missing out on the opportunity of even knowing what 3 a.m. looks like,” he says. “This extra time is what brings major differences to people’s lives.”

“If you are not up at this time, then you are missing out on the opportunity of even knowing what 3 a.m. looks like,” he says. “This extra time is what brings major differences to people’s lives.”

Ezra Chiloba – Cultivate creativity.

Success isn’t just about getting up at dawn. Chiloba says creativity is a key trait for progressing in one’s career. He believes this is the best way to sustain success in any organization — a lesson he draws from former Apple CEO Steve Jobs.

The late Jobs, one of the world’s top managers, is remembered for saying creativity is simply connecting the dots. “When you ask creative people how they did something, they feel a little guilty because they didn’t really do it; they just say something. It seemed obvious to them after a while.”

Ezra Chiloba – Think regionally and globally.

Chiloba says the “Africa Rising” narrative gives young people on the continent an opportunity to excel in their careers. He’s particularly enthused about the growing regional partnerships in East Africa: “The ongoing East African Community integration is another window of opportunity for upcoming talent,” he says.

The trading bloc, which brings together Rwanda, Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda, and Burundi, already boasts a customs union and common market protocol, allowing free movement of labor, goods, and services across the region. The bloc could soon merge currencies and forge a political federation.

But ambitious professionals must be willing to learn about neighboring countries and markets, he says. “It also presents a challenge; one that requires young people to expand their knowledge. Gone now are the days you would go to school in the same town and get a job in the same town,” he explains. In other words, go out and explore the world.

Ezra Chiloba – Work efficiently.

Globalization presents huge opportunities, but it also presents stiff competition, Chiloba says. “This means there is no chance for one to slack around.” He advises young professionals to work smartly. “Resources are ever scarce for organizations. That is why those who work efficiently to produce maximum results have an added advantage in the current world.” He also advises developing cross-disciplinary skills to get a leg up on the competition.

Ezra Chiloba – Take pride in your work.

Drawing a line from the famous “Desderata”, a prose poem by American writer Max Ehrmann, Chiloba says those climbing up the career ladder should periodically stop and savor their successes: “Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans. Keep interested in your own career, however humble; it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time.”

Kenyan women drool over IEBC CEO Ezra Chiloba AKA Ezra ‘chilobae’

The IEBC Chief Executive Office Ezra Chiloba, lately a common face on TV as he delivers updates on the election tallying process, is gaining fame for reasons far from his job description.

He has become an object of fascination for female netizens known for their penchant to ‘Kula Kwa Macho’. They have been busy sharing notes on the man’s handsome features.

A search of Ezra Chiloba on Google prompts hints at what previous searchers have been searching. These include queries on Ezra Chiloba’s curriculum vitae, age, salary, wife, wedding, date of birth, home among others.

Here are screenshots of the widely shared social media posts showing Kenyans drooling over the IEBC CEO Ezra Chiloba

Adopted from Nairobi News.

We don’t care if Ezra Chiloba is married or not – Kenyan women say

It was a rather light engagement about a man with a heavy duty and, it seems, the joke will be with us for a while.

Hundreds of social media users – young women in particular – don’t care whether Ezra Chiloba, CEO of the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission(IEBC) is married or not.

With the man at IEBC’s helm the most Google-searched name over the weekend, Chiloba, the guy became a household name in urban Kenya.

So much so that IEBC commissioner Roselyn Akombe took to the podium and confirmed on live TV that Chiloba is a happily married man and is not searching.

Following the light-hearted affirmation, scores of women took to social media claiming they didn’t care if he was married or not, they still liked him

“Who has asked if he is married or not? By the way, is there a good man who is not married in this country? We know he is married and we are willing to share – as sharing is caring,” posted one Milly on her social media page.

“That guy is too handsome to be owned by one woman. His smile and eloquence is giving me sleepless nights. I think I will have to befriend his wife,” posted another user.

As this was happening, a photo believed to be of Chiloba and his wife appeared on Facebook only to fuel the debate more.

Kenyans have also been debating over who the hottest new leaders are, with Lang’ata MP elect Nixon Korir’s name popping up.

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