In Summary
  • Judge Nzioki wa Makau of the Employment court found that Mr Kennedy Muriuki was sacked unlawfully but ruled that he could not be reinstated as the position was no longer available.
  • Mr Kariuki was suspended on April 6, 2018 for two weeks pending investigations over issues the county termed "areas of concern" and unethical conduct in relation to soliciting favours from persons seeking to do business with the county.
  • He said the suspension and subsequent dismissal were unlawful and unreasonable as he was neither given a reason nor summoned by a disciplinary committee to respond to the allegations.

A court on Thursday ordered the Kirinyaga County government to pay Deputy Governor Peter Ndambiri’s former personal assistant Sh240,000 for unlawful dismissal on allegations of soliciting money from contractors.

Judge Nzioki wa Makau of the Employment court found that Mr Kennedy Muriuki was sacked unlawfully but ruled that he could not be reinstated as the position was no longer available.

Mr Makau also noted that the matter was "extremely sensitive" and required mutual trust.

WHAT HAPPENED

Mr Muriuki was employed on September 8, 2017, his duties including maintaining Mr Ndambiri’s diary and handling correspondences and enquiries.

He also managed the deputy governor's appointments and other affairs of his office including setting up meetings.

He was suspended on April 6, 2018 for two weeks pending investigations over issues the county termed "areas of concern" and unethical conduct in relation to soliciting favours from persons seeking to do business with the county.

The Public Service Board later issued Mr Muriuki with a letter of termination of employment, saying he was dismissed effective March 13, 2018, prior to issuance of the suspension letter.

In court, Mr Muriuki said the suspension and subsequent dismissal were unlawful and unreasonable as he was neither given a reason nor summoned by a disciplinary committee to respond to the allegations.

COUNTY'S ARGUMENTS

Kirinyaga said the suspension was an interim measure undertaken for reasons of good administration.

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