Court threatens to revoke Wajir County appointments
10 January 2014, 18:34
Nairobi - A
High Court judge has threatened to grant an order to quash the Wajir County
Assembly speaker Bashir Omar’s decision to appoint county officials.
Weldon Korir said he was legible to grant the order sought by Ms Rukia
Abdullahi and Mr Aden Duale Kadid to quell the decision made by the Wajir
speaker on appointing Mr Abdikadir Hussein Omar and Miss Farhiya Rashid Ali as
Assembly clerks and Assembly Service members.
Korir however allowed the speaker of the County Assembly of Wajir, the County
Assembly Board, and the County Assembly of Wajir to file their substantive
responses by Tuesday next week.
Abdullahi and Mr Duale have sued the Wajir speaker of the County Assembly for
approving appointment letters of the county clerks by the County Assembly
allege that the speaker unilaterally proceeded to swear and issue appointment
letters to the appointees thereby denying other 11 applicants and 29 members of
the county assembly an opportunity to participate in the process as required.
allege that the County Assembly Service Board was not duly constituted as at
the date and time of the advertising, recruiting, shortlisting and presenting
for nomination and appointments of the clerk and County Assembly Service Board
speaker did not supply the applicants and other members of the assembly with
academic statutory credentials of Mr Abdikadir Hussein Omar and Miss Farhiya
Rashid Ali prior to and during the debate on November 26 2013 and also a full
report on how shortlisting and subsequent nomination was arrived at,” Ms
Abdullahi and Mr Duale said in their suit papers.
claim that the speaker walked out of the chamber without adjourning and before
the motion to approve the appointments of the two had been discussed and concluded.
further claim that the conduct of the speaker and the assembly service board
has caused tension in the assembly and is bound to paralyze the functions and
services of the assembly.
two leaders from Wajir have termed the speakers’ role as that of an ‘impartial
arbitrator and moderator’ and has since blocked the Transition Authority from
seconding an interim clerk to competently discharge duties until replacements
are procedurally and legally put in office.
are also seeking an order directing the speaker to declare the county clerks’
position vacant and have the advertised for fresh recruitment under the law and
procedure laid down.
also want the two officers to be prohibited from assuming their duties and
offices as currently appointed till the suit is heard and determined.
case will be heard on January 14, 2014.
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