, NAIROBI, Kenya, Nov 16 – Embattled director of Kiru Tea factory Stephen Maina Githiga has suffered a setback after the court confirmed his suspension from the tea company.
High court judge Justice Msagha Mbogholi affirmed the suspension of Githiga following the resolution of the company’s directors meeting held on April 28.
The judge said Githiga’s application seeking to overturn the suspension jumped several processes which includes internal dispute mechanism resolution that must be exhausted before the court is being asked to intervene.
Githiga was suspended on the basis of conflict of interest that follows his appointment to head private tea company.
This move caused a rift between him and Kiru Tea factory Chairman Geoffrey Chege Kirundi and other board members.
The board of directors John Ngaii Kariri ( Vice chairman) Christopher Mwangi Kioi (Auditor) and company secretary Bernard KIrangu Kimani were dismayed by Githiga’s action to agree to head a competitive tea firm and still wanted leadership in Kiru Tea factory.
The judge observed that the application by Githiga seeking injunction against Factory directors was premature and the orders sought cannot be granted.
The judge consequently dismissed the application.