Former IEBC CEO Ezra Chiloba says he is focused on what lies ahead and that events of 2017 which saw him kicked out of the electoral agency in 2018 no longer bother him. In an interview with a local publication following his appointment as the Communications Authority of Kenya (CAK) Director, the lawyer said he was ready for his new role and that his sword was sharper after working on himself.
“Where I am right now, I am focused on the future. The past had its part and it is gone. For three years, I had a great time to reflect, learn and prepare for the next challenge. I can now state that my sword is sharp; my heart satisfied; and my faith sure about the challenge ahead,” Dr. Chiloba said.
As the CEO of the IEBC from 2015 to 2018, Chiloba was accused of colluding with senior officials in the electoral body as well as state agents to bungle the 2017 elections, which saw the presidential results annulled by the Supreme Court.
The lawyer boasts of a rich experience in the private sector as well as his tenure at the electoral body, something he hopes to capitalise on while executing his new duties.
“My experience spans over 15 years in public sector management including policy, legislation, financial management, stakeholder management, risk management and leadership,” Mr. Chiloba says while revealing he has a deep appreciation of the communication industry; its global and local challenges and opportunities for social-economic growth.
On his IEBC role, Chiloba says there are a lot of lessons to learn from his time in the agency, but also posed a question of how to effectively lead the body.
”A lot to say about lessons from my time at the IEBC. The question will always be: how do you effectively lead an institution like IEBC in a country like Kenya?” he posed.
The bespectacled lawyer has his eyes trained on transforming the Communication Authority and streamline it to the 21st-century challenges.
“(I plan to build) a regulatory institution that is responsive to the challenges and opportunities that the 21st century brings forth, given the ever-changing ICT space. The idea is to ensure that Kenya is at the forefront of the fourth industrial revolution,” the new CA boss said.