Newly appointed Independent Electoral Boundaries Commission (IEBC) Chairman Wafula Chebukati has assumed office, giving his words to Kenyans that he would ensure a credible election in August.
The assumption of office was highlighted by the oath of office administered by the Chief Justice, David Maraga at the judiciary headquarters.
Speaking after taking the oath of office, the IEBC boss said assured to get down to work immediately. “Our short-term goal is to deliver a free, fair and credible election which is 200 days away. Therefore, we must hit the ground running by ensuring that all the processes and systems involved are in place,” he said.
Following the strong divide in political lines in the country at the moment, Chebukati’s job is not one many people will envy. With the oath of office, he has fully taken over from Issack Hassan in the build-up to the August elections.
The good news for him, however, is that he has not only gotten the trust of the government to deliver, he has also gotten that of the opposition as well as most Kenyans.
Here are some quick facts you should know about Wafula Chebukati:
Mr. Wafula Chebukati was born in 1961 and hails from Trans Nzoia.
He obtained his bachelor’s degree from the University of Nairobi in 1985, and his masters from the Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology where he got a Business Administration degree. He was admitted to the roll of Advocates in 1986.
Chebukati has specialized legal practice in the fields of International commerce, and trade and investment law. Also, he specialized in corporate law and governance, product liability, litigation and environmental law.
More so, he trained in legislative drafting, policy formulation and research to all aspects of legislative drafting.
There is very little on his family, as he has mostly led a private life.
He is currently he is a member of the Kenya Golfing Society.