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Electoral commission chairman Wafula Chebukati has been linked to a tender for legal services which suggests the appearance of conflict of interest in a position which demands the highest integrity.

Cootow and Associates, founded by Mr Chebukati in February 2006, has represented the Independent Electoral and Boundaries (IEBC) in at least six election petitions.

These touch on National Assembly seat elections in Likoni, Ikolomani and Kilifi North constituencies; Woman Representative polls in Mombasa and Kilifi counties and governor’s seat poll in Migori County.

While neither Mr Chebukati nor the firm is being accused of wrongdoing, it does raise the question whether it was prudent for that firm to seek business from a public institution — and a veritable swamp of corruption and funny deals at that — headed by its founder.

The revelations come in the midst of a damaging slugfest between Mr Chebukati and the chief executive officer, Mr Ezra Chiloba, whom the chairman succeeded in sending home last week, after six failed attempts to do so. Mr Chebukati has ordered an investigation into five tenders.

It appears that both sides are now leaking each other’s business deals to the media.

According to documents seen by the Nation, the two lorries said to have been used to transport construction material to Marsabit had the number plates GKA517V and GKA030F.

An internal memo from the fleet coordinator at the IEBC to the Director Finance on January 5 indicates that the two drivers given the assignment were authorised to do the job and were paid a total of Sh169,000.

Mr Molu said he was the victim of a person outside the commission pushing a negative narrative about him because he was among the commissioners who voted to send Mr Chiloba on leave.