, NAIROBI, Kenya, Jan 29 – The leadership wrangles that marred the last Law Society of Kenya Annual General Meeting appear far from resolved as a new dispute seems to have emanated over the selection of the next Chief Executive Officer/Secretary.
In a letter to the Society President Eric Mutua, Society Council member Dennis Mosota has accused three of his fellow council members of attempting to stage manage the process.
Mosota claims that three members who serve in the council have conspired to have their preferred candidate installed as the administrative head of the Society.
“Unless we handle the issue in a transparent and procedural manner, it is likely to degenerate into a controversy of the proportions that may potentially underscore and nourish the current divisions in the society and break the council right down the middle,” he cautioned.
He’s therefore called on Mutua to stand by a decision he says was reached by a selection panel on Monday; that found one Mercy Wambua to be the best candidate for the job.
He’s accused the three of conspiring to rob Wambua of the opportunity in favour of their preferred candidate.
“It emerged that after the interview (name redacted) wrote a letter to the Council seeking to clarify some of the questions that had been posed to her during the interview. In my view, this is a disingenuous way by one of the candidate (sic), apparently prompted by unscrupulous premature communication regarding the Council’s decision… to attempt reconvening the selection process.”
A fear he says was given credence by statements he alleges were made by one of the conspirators to that effect. “It is also within my knowledge that (redacted) has told a section of the Secretariat staff that the decision to appoint Wambua is not final and will be reviewed with the possibility of the position given to either number two or three and that further there was an option of annulling the entire recruitment and get an independent body to carry out the recruitment.”
Mosota says he was alerted to their alleged machinations by the actions and statements made at the conclusion of Monday’s selection exercise.
Mutua told Capital FM News that he was yet to receive Mosota’s letter, having only seen it on, “social media.”