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Sunday, 26 April 2015

Governor and wife put in hot soup by skewed hiring

Daniel Nyakundi

Nyamira county governor John Nyagarama and his wife Naomi Ikonge are among 10 people who have been sued for illegal appointments made in the county government of Nyamira.
Other parties sued in the suit include all members of Nyamira county  service board, speaker of the county assembly Joash Nyamoko, the county assembly clerk Daniel Orina, county secretary Eric Onchana, Nyamira county government and the Attorney General Githu Mungai.
The 10 have been sued by the Kenya Council of Employment and Migration Agencies in a suit which was filed in the Employment and Industrial Relations court Kericho law courts on April 15 2015 before Judge DK Njagi Marete.
The petitioners in their sworn affidavit based their case in the matter on section 3, 4, 7, 8, 9 and 10 of the Public Appointments Parliamentary Approval Act No 33 of 2011 Laws of Kenya.
The petitioner also faulted appointment of Eric Onchana, who is the sixth respondent as a purported county secretary without short listings, interview and vetting and subsequent appointment by Nyamira county public service board or Nyamira county assembly approvals as per the constitutional parameters and public and advertisement dated April 7 2014 and another dated May 5 2014.
Upon perusal of the petition which was brought under certificate of   urgency and by way of chamber summons and all the supporting affidavits all dated and sworn April 7 2015, the judge declared that the petition was urgent and should be heard as ex-parte in the first instance.
Marete also ordered that the respondents be served with the entire petition and orders of the court forthwith but not later than the close of the day on the April 17 2015.
He also awarded the respondents 14 days leave to make, file and serve their responses to the petition before slating May 6 2015 for hearing of the case.