In a report publicized on Monday, February 27, the team led by Justice Aggrey Muchelule told President William Ruto it found that Masit was involved in serious violations of the Constitution during the 2022 elections.
“This Tribunal recommends that Commissioner Irene Cherop Masit be removed from office as a member of the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission,” the tribunal said in its report.
As such, Kenya’s President William Ruto on Wednesday, March 1, terminated Commissioner Irene Masit.
In a gazette notice, the Head of State said the recommendations of Justice Aggrey Muchelule -led tribunal are binding on him.
“I, William Samoei Ruto, in the exercise of authority vested by Article 251(6) of the Constitution, do hereby direct that; the appointment and tenure of Irene Cherop Masit as a member of the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission be and is terminated with immediate effect,” reads a gazette notice in part.
Masit, together with IEBC Vice chairman Juliana Cherera, and Commissioners Francis Wanderi and Justus Nyagaya rejected the election of President William Ruto during the 2022 presidential elections.
The four, infamously referred to as the ‘Cherera four’ held a parallel press briefing at a Nairobi Hotel prior to the official announcement of the 2022 presidential elections where they distanced themselves from IEBC Chairman Wafula Chebukati’s results over what they termed as opaque nature of the results.
Masit was sworn in in September 2021 and was the only poll commissioner who faced the tribunal as the trio opted to resign ahead of the tribunal sitting.
In its recommendations, Justice Aggrey Muchelule led the tribunal found that the evidence tabled before the team had satisfactorily proven the two allegations against her.