Nyandarua Governor sued over county jobs

July 8, 2014 10:03 am
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Three residents moved to the Nakuru High Court under a certificate of urgency where they filed the case to halt further employment by the county Government/FILE
Three residents moved to the Nakuru High Court under a certificate of urgency where they filed the case to halt further employment by the county Government/FILE
NYANDARUA, Kenya, July 8- Nyandarua Governor Daniel Waithaka has been sued for alleged illegal employment of his county staff.

Three residents moved to the Nakuru High Court under a certificate of urgency where they filed the case to halt further employment by the county Government.

The applicants in the case are Chege Thiari of Nyandarua Tuko Macho Initiative, Macharia Mukua of Watchdog committee and Jedidah Wanyeki, the vice chairperson of the Green Belt Movement.

In the suit papers, the applicants want the appointment of two coordinators employed four months ago halted.

The three argued that the appointment of Mary Njeri Sogo as the Coordinator of Women Affairs and Reverend David Kanyoni as the Coordinator of Youth Affairs were not done in accordance with the law.

They say that their positions were not advertised according to the law by the Public Service Board.

“In the recruitment and employment of coordinators the defendants have failed to advertise some crucial vacancies so as to attract competent and desirable candidates, failed to shortlist candidates, and failed to constitute a short listing panel to consider the applications,” the suit read.

They observed that the two were employed through favouritism and as a token of appreciation for their support and loyalty to the Governor during the 2007 campaigns and that of 2013 when Waithaka unsuccessfully vied for the Ol Kalou parliamentary seat and when he contested for the gubernatorial seat which he won respectively.

In their affidavit, they have also attached a letter from the county public service board which denied any knowledge of the two as having been employed by the county Government.

They have also sued the County Secretary Kireru Mwangi and the County Public Service Board.

They have accused the County Secretary of issuing the two with letters of appointment without having to go through the laid down procedures by the public service board.

The defendants have been given 14 days to prepare their submissions.

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