FALSE: Claims That IEBC Commissioner Irene Masit of the Has Resigned

Masit’s lawyer Donald Kipkorir has dismissed the claim as untrue.

By Simon Muli

A Facebook post claiming that Irene Masit, a commissioner with the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) has resigned is FALSE.

“JUST IN IEBC Commissioners [sic] Irene Masit from EMC resigns from her position,” reads the post, which is also accompanied by her image.

Masit is one of the four commissioners of Kenya’s electoral agency suspended by President William Ruto on 2 December 2022 over alleged gross misconduct. The suspension was reported by local dailies, including Daily NationThe Star and Citizen TV.

The other suspended commissioners are vice chairperson Juliana Cherera, Francis Mathenge Wanderi, and Justus Nyang’aya.

Ruto also formed a tribunal headed by High Court judge Aggrey Muchelule to investigate the commissioners’ conduct in disowning the 14 August 2022 presidential results.

The resignations of ChereraWanderi, and Nyang’aya were widely reported. However, an internet search returns no credible reports about the alleged resignation of Masit.

In a tweet on 8 December 2022, Masit’s lawyer Donald Kipkorir dismissed the resignation claim, saying he had filed a petition in High Court challenging the impeachment proceedings against the commissioner.

“Irene Masit won’t and will never resign,” Kipkori also told PesaCheck in a text response.

PesaCheck has examined the claim that Irene Masit, a commissioner of the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC), has resigned and finds it to be FALSE.

This post is part of an ongoing series of PesaCheck fact-checks examining content marked as potential misinformation on Facebook and other social media platforms.

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