Court allows sacked minister to continue serving
13 May 2014, 14:06
Vihiga - The Kisumu Industrial Court has allowed one of the Vihiga County executive committee members who was axed by the county assembly last month to continue serving in office until his case is heard and determined by the same court.
In the ruling that was made last week at the court, Justice Helen Wasilwa said that Khejeri should continue serving as a county minister, pending the hearing of his case.
Justice Wasilwa said that the court’s directives were supposed to be respected by the county government by allowing Khejeri to serve the people.
“The county government should reinstate Khejeri as the minister for public service and administration, as the court hears his case that has been filed challenging his dismissal,” said Justice Wasilwa.
Khejeri was represented in the court by a team of six lawyers, led by Prof Tom Ojienda and Kakamega based lawyer, Aggrey Shitsama.
This comes even after Governor Moses Akaranga issued letters terminating the four minister’s appointments, as he acted on the report that was forwarded to him by the county assembly to sack them.
The four ministers who were axed were; Evans Kaiga (Treasury), Elmanos Vodoti (Education), Newton Okwiya (Trade) and Johnstone Khejeri (Public service).
Khejeri has since resumed duty after governor Akaranga allowed him to continue serving in his former capacity as directed by the court.
“I have allowed him to be in office because the court has directed it that way. We will wait and see the direction his case will take and after that we can then reach the next decision,” Akaranga said.
The county assembly had in its report noted that the four ministers were unfit to hold offices after various allegations were levelled against them.
Khejeri has in turn taken the county assembly to the industrial court to challenge his unlawful dismissal.
He noted that the county assembly had not given him a chance to defend himself, but rather rushed in terminating his appointment as the county minister.
The case will be heard on June 23 at Kisumu Industrial Court, with Khejeri noting that he is confident of winning the case against the county assembly and continue serving in his current position.
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