Wanyonyi Wafula Chebukati Biography and Profile
Wafula Chebukati was born in 1961, graduated from the University of Nairobi in 1985 with a Bachelor of Laws (LL.B) degree and was admitted to the roll of Advocates in 1986. Wanyonyi Wafula Chebukati has a Master’s degree in Business Administration from JKUAT.
Wanyonyi Wafula Chebukati is the Lead Counsel in the Nairobi office having practiced for 30 years. Wafula Chebukati is the head of Commercial labour and Employment Laws divisions, Landlord / Tenant and Conveyancing & treaties.
Wanyonyi Wafula Chebukati Career
- Practice of Law as a sole practitioner and expansive experience in Civil litigation, criminal jurisprudence and labour / employment law.
- Has specialized legal practice in the fields of International commerce, trade and investment law. Corporate law and governance, product liability, litigation and environmental law.
- Trained in legislative drafting, policy formulation and research to all aspects of legislative drafting.
- Has served as a Council member of the law society of Kenya, Captain and chairman both Mombasa and Nyali Golf club and as a committee member of the Kenya Golf union.
- Currently he is a member of the Kenya Golfing Society.
Wafula Chebukati Family
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Keep off IEBC, Wafula Chebukati tells Uhuru and Raila
Electoral commission chief Wafula Chebukati on Wednesday cast doubts on the possibility of holding credible elections next week, blaming it on a sharply divided commission and a creepy political class.
Mr Chebukati, who said he would not quit his job, asked both Jubilee and opposition coalition leaders to keep off Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) staff, and told top secretariat managers who have been adversely linked to electoral malpractices to resign, to pave the way for free, fair and credible elections.
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He painted the picture of a commission which is deeply divided, and which has been taken hostage by political interests, with commissioners acting as stooges of rival political parties.
“Under such conditions, it is difficult to guarantee free, fair and credible elections. I am convinced that without critical changes in key secretariat staff, we may not have a free, fair and credible election. I ask the staff who have been adversely mentioned to step aside and allow the project team to function without interference,” he said, referring to a group of managers he recently mandated to manage the October 26 presidential election.
Mr Chebukati said he would organise a meeting of all the presidential candidates to prevail upon them to put Kenya first.
“I know there are elements who would love nothing more than to hear me announce my resignation at this point. In reality, that will be the easier thing to do, but we all have to put Kenya first and that is why I am determined to make this commission work,” the besieged chairman told journalists at the Bomas of Kenya.
He spoke just eight hours after commissioner Roselyn Akombe, the vocal official in charge of election operations, fled the country and resigned while in New York, USA.
“She was one of our finest and it is sad that we could not provide an environment for such minds to find full expression without fear for their lives,” Mr Chebukati said and urged Jubilee and Nasa leaders to shelve their hardline stances and resolve the differences that have led to heightened tensions across the country, in addition to holding the commission hostage to their interests. He asked the leaders to allow the commission to conduct its affairs independently, saying it was the only way to a free and fair election.
“As a referee I want to issue a stern warning to the players in this game on all sides that they should stop all attempts to interfere with the process. Let me and my commission do our job and we shall deliver. Interfere as you have been doing and we get stuck as a country,” he said.
In her resignation letter, Dr Akombe blamed a divided commission that she said had made her take positions she never believed in.
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“Sometimes, you walk away, especially when potentially lives are at stake. The commission has become a party to the current crisis. The commission is under siege,” she said in a statement she sent out at 5.30 am.
The last straw that broke the camel’s back, she told the BBC in an interview, was when she received threats on her life.
“I have never felt the kind of fear I felt in my own country. If you get such messages and you have seen your own staff get that and be murdered, you would really be suicidal to think that nothing will happen to you,” she said, adding that she feared for her life and that “I don’t feel safe enough to go back home”.
She described Mr Chebukati as well-meaning with a temperament to run the agency, but one who needed to be a little firmer.
“If he was much more firmer (sic), I think, probably, we would have gone further, but you know there are aspects of his character that are helpful in a situation like we have right now but there are times that you just need firmness to be able to move on,” she said.
Eight hours later, Mr Chebukati, accompanied by motivational speaker Wale Akinyemi, emerged and echoed Dr Akombe’s description of the commission as deeply divided.
“I have made several attempts to make crucial changes, but all my motions have been defeated by a majority of the commissioners. Under such conditions, it is difficult to guarantee free, fair and credible elections,” he said.
He warned that he would no longer give in to pressure from a majority of the commissioners to accept partisan decisions.
“I cannot continue to be pushed by majority commissioners to accept legal opinions that serve partisan interests and are not grounded on the Constitution or the law,” he said.
Save for the October 26 project team members Salome Oyugi, Sidney Namulungu and Tabitha Mutemi, no commissioner accompanied Mr Chebukati at the press conference.
He said he had been forced to take a legal opinion from the commissioners — all of whom are not lawyers — against his better judgment as an advocate of more than 30 years.
“I cannot move forward with a divided commission. I cannot move forward when presidential candidates refuse to put their personal interests aside for the country,” he said, adding that the technical aspects of the polls were ready, citing the standardisation of results declaration forms, printing of ballot papers, re-configuration of technology to right the August 8 errors, training for returning officers and improving network coverage in polling stations to guarantee fast and reliable results transmission.
Quoting former UN head Ban Ki-moon, Mr Chebukati said, however: “Conducting genuine elections requires more than improving technicalities or comparing processes against international practice. Elections are fundamentally political rather than technical events and are not an end to themselves.” For such a free and fair poll to occur, Mr Chebukati said, key secretariat staff adversely mentioned as having overseen the August 8 election irregularities should step aside.
Source: Daily Nation
IEBC Chair Wafula Chebukati roots for dialogue before repeat election
Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) Chairman Wafula Chebukati has expressed frustration with both politicians and his commissioners in preparations for the repeat presidential election. He said politicians continue to threaten his staff while commissioners vote against his agenda most of the time interfering with organization of credible polls on October 26.
“I cannot guarantee credible elections at the moment however this is possible if there is a dialogue between political parties for an agreement and also if commissioners work in harmony,” he said.
“I know many of you expected me to resign but I have a duty in front of me and will not allow individuals to burn Kenya. I appeal to key political parties to dialogue in the remaining days to enable us conduct a free, fair and credible election.”
Chebukati said the commission has reviewed the September 1 Supreme Court ruling and adhered to while preparing the October 26 repeat poll.
The chairman also hit out at the main presidential candidates for frustrating his attempts at creating a consensus ahead of the repeat presidential poll on October 26.
He also called upon IEBC officials, who have been adversely mentioned (He did not say by whom), to step aside.
This was interesting considering that, in a lengthy newspaper advert last week, the commission made it clear that its officials were there to stay because the Supreme Court did not find any of them guilty of bungling the August 8 presidential election.
It was responding to NASA’s irreducible minimums… the electoral reforms it insists must be met before its candidate, Raila Odinga, participates in the rerun poll.
Mr Chebukati’s statement painted a picture of a divided commission a week to the repeat election and barely a day after Commissioner Roselyne Akombe resigned citing frustration by fellow commissioners and threats to her life.
Instructively, she resigned from the USA. According to Akombe, her fellow commissioners met her concerns for the safety of IEBC staff in opposition zones with enmity.
In a BBC interview she said the commission as currently constituted could run an election but not a true free and fair one.
President Uhuru Kenyatta Appoints Wafula Chebukati New IEBC Boss
President Uhuru Kenyatta has appointed Wafula Chebukati as the new IEBC chairman, following his approval by Parliament.
Uhuru also appointed commissioners Consolata Nkatha, Bucha Maina, Boya Molu, Roselyn Akombe, Paul Kurgat, Margaret Wanjala Mwachanya and Abdi Guliye.
The seven form the new team replacing Issack Hassan and his team of commissioners who resigned in October last year.
The President earlier met the outgoing officials and thanked them for their service to the nation.
In a statement to media houses on Wednesday, Uhuru congratulated the new officials and expressed confidence that they will deliver their mandate.
He urged all Kenyans to support the team tasked with managing the August 8 general election.
Parliament approved Chebukati in a hotly contested debate, saying the vetting by the Legal Affairs team found him qualified for the job.
Uhuru nominates Wafula Chebukati to succeed Issack Hassan as IEBC boss
Wanyonyi Wafula Chebukati: President Uhuru Kenyatta has presented to Parliament the names of individuals nominated to head the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC).
Should Parliament approve of the candidates, Mr Wafula Chebukati will become the chairman of the commission, having beaten his fellow Coast-based lawyer, Mr Tukero ole Kina, to the finish line.
Members of the new-look IEBC would include Ms Consolata Nkatha Bucha Maina, Mr Boya Molu, Dr Roselyne Kwamboka Akombe, Dr Paul Kibiwott Kurgat, Ms Margaret Wanjala Mwachanya and Prof Abdi Guliye.
The Selection Panel chaired by Ms Bernadette Musundi had on Thursday last week presented the final shortlist, which included 11 candidates, to the President.
Also nominated for commissioner were Prof Abdi Yakub Guliye, Prof Henry Kizito Okola, Mr Zephania Okeyo Aura and Mr Samuel Kimeu but they did not make it.
The change of guard at the IEBC follows repeated accusations by the opposition against the sitting commissioners on their incompetence in handling the General Election in 2013.
Wafula Chebukati Nominated to head IEBC
The IEBC selection panel has nominated High Court advocate Tukero ole Kina and Wafula Chebukati for chairman and nine others as commissioners.
The commissioner nominees include Zephania Okeyo Aura, Roselyne Kwamboka Akombe, Professor Abdi Yakub Guliye and Professor Henry Kizito Okola.
The others include Samuel Kimeu, Ambassador Dr Paul Kibiwott Kurgat, Boya Molu, Consolata Nkatha Bucha Maina and Margaret Wanjala Mwachanya
The nominees now await vetting by Parliament before their names are presented to President Uhuru Kenyatta.
Selection panel chairperson Bernadette Musundi said the process was guided by commitment to ensuring free, fair and transparent selection.
Musundi said the candidates were assessed for academic and professional qualifications, leadership and integrity, ICT and presentation skills, general knowledge and technical proficiency and competencies.
She said the most suitable people were picked from a list of 15 who applied for chairperson and 748 who applied for the positions of commissioners.
Musundi said the panel also took into account the reports of the various agencies, memoranda received on some of the applicants and their responses to the two.
She said Kina and Chebukati were chosen as they demonstrated the ability to run the IEBC and ensure a credible August 8, 2017 general election.
Musundi praised the panel for dedication and a speedy yet professional process. Other members are Evans Monari, Mary Karen, Tom Mbaluto, Olga Chepkemoi, Peter Karanja, Abdulghafur el-Busaidy, David Oginde and Mohan Lumba.
The chairperson also thanked the Parliamentary Service Commission for providing facilities and ensuring a conducive working environment.
The select committee re-advertised the posts after the first five applicants failed to meet the requirements.