Irene Masit, who was suspended as a commissioner of the electoral board pending the outcome of an investigation into her conduct by a tribunal that had been formed by President William Ruto, has been recommended for expulsion for engaging in serious misconduct.
Ms. Masit was one of four commissioners that voted against certifying the results of the presidential election from the previous year.
Her actions on August 15, 2022, to agree to the proposal by two delegations to the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) to moderate the result of the presidential election in favor of Raila Odinga were deemed to be gross misconduct by the tribunal that was chaired by a judge from the Court of Appeal. Aggrey Muchelule presided over the hearing.
The tribunal stated that the information that was provided to them suggested that the plan would have necessitated a new election for president and that the four commissioners, including Ms. Masit, had been promised a prize.
According to the statement released by the tribunal, “…this Tribunal recommends… that Commissioner Irene Cherop Masit be removed from office as a member of the Independent Election and Boundaries Commission.”
After a petition was presented to the National Assembly demanding that she be removed from her position, she was the only commissioner who was in a position to face the Tribunal that had been appointed by President William Ruto to investigate their behavior during the elections that took place on August 9.
Kenyans.co.ke investigated her professional history as well as her educational background.
She was on the board of directors of the National Government Constituency Development Fund prior to being appointed as an IEBC commissioner (NGCDF).
Now, Masit serves as the chairperson for both the Leadership and Integrity Committee as well as the Legal, Compliance, and Political Party Liaison Committee.
The attorney has worked for the government and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) for the past 25 years, gaining knowledge in areas such as finance, governance, management, and public administration.
Masit is a member of a number of international organizations, some of which include the Institute of Internal Auditors and the International Certified Addiction Professional (IIA).
Irene Masit, who was born and raised in Elgeyo Marakwet, is widely regarded as one of the country’s most accomplished academics.
She graduated from the University of Nairobi with a Bachelor of Law degree and from the University of Nairobi’s School of Social Work with a Bachelor of Arts degree.
In addition to her undergraduate degree in law, she also has a Postgraduate Certificate in Legal Practice from the Kenya School of Law.
In addition to that, the commissioner has a Master’s Degree in Strategic Human Resource Management from the University of Manchester, which is located in the United Kingdom.=
As of the year 2021, Masit has a total net worth of 47 million Kenyan Shillings.