Ex KTDC boss sues Balala over sacking

September 2, 2008 12:00 am

, NAIROBI, September 2 – A former vice chairman of the Kenya Tourist Development Corporation (KTDC) board has moved to court to challenge his sacking.

Dr Pius Odunga was relieved of his duties along with six other board members last month has sued Tourism Minister Najib Balala over the dismissal.

Odunga argued that the minister acted in excess of his powers and in disregard to the Kenya Tourist Development Act.

“The board of directors has contractual and statutory mandate with the government, the Treasury and the appointment of the board of directors can only be done within the law,” Odunga said in the court papers.

He also said that board members can only vacate offices within the law, not in the manner envisaged by the minister,”

According to papers obtained by Capital News, Dr Odunga claimed that Balala had  appointed ‘strangers’ to run the corporation, jeopardising its affairs and assets against the interests of the public.

He said his three year term had not ended since he was appointed in April 2007.

Odunga also argues that he had not been formally informed that he is no longer a member of the board and wants the court to order his reinstatement.

Balala sacked seven board members and replaced them with a new board chaired by Charles Wachira Ngundo.  Other members are Farouk Dagar, Abdulalim Swaleh, Amina Kasinga, Said Abdalla, Danga Jafar, Beatrice Gambo and Buyuka Obonyo.

The new board was inaugurated on August 13 by the minister.  He also directed that a professional consultant be appointed to advise the KTDC on restructuring and divesture.


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