In Summary
  • The activist has sued the Executive, Public Service Commission, State Advisory Committee and Attorney-General Paul Kihara.
  • Since the disputed appointments were gazetted and were to be effected between February 7 and 8, the activist wants the matter heard on priority basis.

Rights activist Okiya Omtatah wants the Employment and Labour Relations Court to quash the recent appointment of poll losers to parastatal boards.

The activist filed the case at the High Court in the capital, Nairobi, on Monday morning.

The appointments gazetted on February 8, Mr Omtatah says, were not done in a “fair, open, competitive, merit-based and inclusive process,” as required in law.

He further argues that they were made in contempt of court orders and in breach of the Constitution

HANDPICKED

The activist has sued the Executive, Public Service Commission, State Advisory Committee and Attorney-General Paul Kihara.

“On February 4 and 8, 2019, the respondents defied orders when they handpicked and appointed individuals to be chairpersons and members of boards of State corporations and state agencies,” he says in the suit papers.

He adds, "The respondents are in contempt of court and lack the right of audience in this court until they purge the contempt."

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