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Raila accepts electoral team's exit package deal

Written by Imani

Cord leader Raila Odinga welcomes agreement reached for electoral commissioners to leave office following exit package talks on Wednesday.

Mr Odinga has also urged leaders to embrace dialogue on other issues affecting the country.

The cord leader had been at the forefront of political pressure to kick out the electoral team bosses following a perceived loss of confidence in their ability to manage the 2017 General Elections.

On Thursday, the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) bosses agreed to leave office provided they are paid all their salaries and allowances.

Cord leaders Raila Odinga, Kalonzo Musyoka and Moses Wetang'ula had to take to the streets, mobilising protests countrywide, to force the election team to go home. Several people died during the protests after police used excessive force to quell the growing dissent.

Following a closed door meeting on Thursday, IEBC chairman Ahmed Issack Hassan said that all the nine commissioners were willing to go home to end the impasse.

Public started questioning the credibility of the IEBC team after two officials of a United Kingdom firm, Smith & Ouzman over kickbacks that were paid to officials in Kenya to win ballot paper and exam printing tenders in Kenya.