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Court bars vetting of county nominees

31 July 2013, 15:58 Wangui Joseph

Nyeri high court Wednesday issued an interim order barring the vetting of nominated members of the county public service board and an executive committee nominee.

According to the county assembly speaker David Mwangi Mugo, the exercise was stopped due to petitions filed by three people.

However, the committee of appointments vetted Wambui Wamucii Kimathi as the County Secretary since there was no petition challenging her nomination.

Wambui Wamucii Kimathi

The petitions were filed by Simon Wachira Kagiri who was initially rejected by the committee and declared unfit to serve as an executive member in charge of Tourism, Culture, Gender, Youths and Sports.

Wachira through lawyer Wahome Gikonyo is protesting that the committee rejected him on illegal, unreasonable, irrelevant and unconstitutional grounds.

In his affidavits, he said that the committee expressly admitted that he had the right qualifications and good academic credentials, but declined to approve him.

He was therefore seeking the vetting exercise to be put to hold until his case is heard and determined.

The other petitioners are Zackary Eliud Gichohi and Peter Reriani Gitonga whom the committee of appointments initially declared unfit to be members of the County Public Service Board.

The duo is applying for the county assembly to be restrained from approving the nominees until their application is fully heard and determined.

They said that though they were vetted and rejected, no reasons for their unsuitability were given. More so, they were denied information as to why they were declared unfit despite meeting the requisite threshold for appointment.

Through lawyer Kibira Kioni, they are demanding all documents and other information concerning vetting of members nominated to the Public Service Board and also a copy of a letter from the governor that had recommended their nomination for appointment.

In the petition, the trio has named governor Nderitu Gachagua, Interim clerk of the County assembly and the Speaker of county assembly as respondents in the matter complaining about the contravention of fundamental rights and freedoms.

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