Jaguar wants IEBC headquarters relocated, but did he overstep his mandate?


Starehe Member of Parliament (MP) Charles Njagua Kanyi, alias Jaguar, has written to the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission seeking to have the electoral commission’s headquarters at Anniversary Towers moved from Nairobi Central Business District to Bomas of Kenya.

The first-time legislator says the existence of the IEBC main offices in Starehe Constituency has brought more harm to the constituency’s economy, given it is the main target of the Opposition supporters’ demonstrations.

“Estimates show that approximately Ksh100 million is lost, directly and indirectly, when your stakeholders engage you in the past demos. With the planned daily NASA engagements with you starting next week, my constituency members stand to lose Ksh1 billion. This is unacceptable given our growing economy,” wrote Jaguar in the letter addressed to the IEBC leadership and copied to the Inspector General of Police Joseph Boinnet.

The musician-turned-politician further urged the electoral agency to ensure that it informs IG Boinnet whenever demonstrators are planning to picket against the agency’s commissioners.

“We look forward to your consideration of the above matters and as soon as the presidential election on October 26 is over, we look forward to a consultative meeting to discuss this matter forward,” wrote Jaguar.

Jaguar has no powers, whatsoever, to push for the relocation of the IEBC offices from the Anniversary Towers, given the independence of the electoral agency.


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