July 17, 2024

IEBC chair Wafula Chebukati dismisses report rating him as a poor public communicator

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IEBC chair Wafula Chebukati has dismissed a report rating him among the poor public communicators

Wafula Chebukati, the Chairperson of the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC), refuted the accusation that he is one of the worst public communicators.

Mr. Chebukati claimed the report was not accurate during a planning meeting with six commissioners in Naivasha.

“I looked at the report published by the Daily Nation and my conclusion was that the report was compiled by two individuals without carrying out any survey,” said Mr. Chebukati.

“I don’t think Kenyans were consulted, the authors of the report might have been driven by personal opinions. I still can’t understand what drove them to draft such a misleading and alarming report.” He added.

Mr. Chebukati was regarded as one of the worst communicators in an independent study undertaken by Mr. Paul Achar, executive communication coach and applied human communication practitioner at Jade Communications, and Dr. Sam Kamau, a communications expert, and lecturer at Aga Khan University.

“The IEBC chairperson has been in office for more than five years but does not seem to have grown communications skills,” said the report.

However, the IEBC chair Wafula Chebukati said his communication skills were excellent.

“Today I am releasing a detailed statement on the IEBC preparedness for the August 9 General Election and I would like to ask the members of the media present here today if I am not communicating,” he posed.

According to the report, Mr. Chebukati “lacked leadership communication skills of confidence, believability, clarity, and likeability to inspire confidence in the August 9 General Elections.”


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Others rated as worst communicators included Pastor James Ng’ang’a, lawyer Dunstan Omari, Judicial Service Commission, the National Police Service, Education Cabinet Secretary Prof George Magoha, embattled Football Kenya Federation boss Nick Mwendwa, newly elected Kiambaa MP John Njuguna, IEBC communication team and growing list of self-made “public intellectuals” whose expertise cannot hold water when challenged by real experts.

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