In Summary
  • Justice Onesmus Makau noted on Friday that the politician was unqualified and that the appointment was irregular.
  • Ms Wambui landed the State job in October 2019 but the public was outraged, saying she was out of touch with the realities of young, unemployed graduates.
  • Later in October 2019, Justice Hellen Wasilwa barred Ms Wambui from taking over the job, following a case by the Kenya Young Parliamentarians Association.

The Employment Court has quashed former Othaya MP Mary Wambui's appointment as chairperson of National Employment Authority.

Justice Onesmus Makau said Friday that the politician was unqualified and that the appointment was irregular as it did not meet constitutional and statutory requirements.

Mr Makau cancelled the designation in an October 14, 2019 Gazette notice and issued a permanent injunction barring Ms Wambui from taking the post.

"The upshot is that the two petitions [against her appointment] succeed and the reliefs are granted as sought," the judge ruled.

OUTRAGE

Ms Wambui's appointment sparked outrage, members of the public saying she was out of touch with the realities of young, unemployed graduates.

They also questioned the former lawmaker's capacity to deliver.

Nominated Senator Millicent Omanga, of the ruling Jubilee Party, said the appointment by President Uhuru Kenyatta was a slap in the face of Kenyan youth.

PETITION

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