NAIROBI, Kenya, Oct 25 – The High Court has reinstated the Non-Governmental Organisations Coordination Board Executive Director, Fazul Mahamed, days after he was suspended by Devolution Cabinet Secretary Mwangi Kiunjuri.
Justice George Odunga also temporarily suspended the decision to dissolve the board of the State corporation, which registers and regulates Non-Governmental Organisations in Kenya.
Odunga directed Fazul and the board to serve the CS with the suit papers to facilitate a hearing within the shortest time possible.
Kiunjuri had dissolved the board and sent Fazul on compulsory leave pending investigations into his academic qualifications but the NGO accused the CS of unilaterally making the decision.
According to Kiunjuri, there had been numerous concerns over Mahamed’s academic qualifications at the time of his interview and subsequent appointment.
The move came after a section of NGOs protested demanding the immediate suspension of Mahamed for allegedly sabotaging the implementation of the Public Benefit Organisations Act and claims that he used a fake degree to apply for the job.
Kiunjuri also dismissed allegations that he received a Sh20 million bribe as indicated on an affidavit allegedly written by Delphine Bram Christopher.
He said the alleged affidavit was not even sworn before a Commissioner of Oaths.
He said that according to the Director of Immigration and Registration of Persons, no visa or work permit has ever been issued to Christopher.
The claims have since been disputed by three NGOs led by the Kenya Human Rights Commission.