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Governor sued for sacking executive

27 June 2014, 16:26 Joseph Njung’eh

Nyeri - Nyeri Governor Nderitu Gachagua was Friday sued by a county government executive he sacked early this week.

Cecilia Wangechi Ndung’u who was in charge of Gender, Culture and Social Services moved to court seeking to be reinstated.

In a petition she filed through lawyer Ngang’a Munene under certificate of urgency, Wangechi said the dismissal letter signed by the governor did not indicate reasons of her dismissal.

She contended that she was informed about the move by members of the public following a press conference held by the governor.

“The announcement via the media exposed me to public ridicule, unfair treatment, indignity and contempt,” she said in her affidavits.

She claimed that the governor violated the constitution because she was not given a fair hearing before being relieved of her duties.

“A county government executive can be sacked on grounds of incompetence, abuse of office, gross misconduct, physical or mental incapacity and failure to attended three consecutive meetings of the executive committee among other reasons which the governor did not give in his dismissal letter,” said the lawyer.

In the suit, Wangechi is seeking orders quashing the governor’s decision to sack her and prohibit him from appointing any other fresh nominee to replace her.

She is also urging court to issue an order of payment of all her dues in the period she would have been in office.

Lawyer Wahome Gikonyo was representing the county government and the governor who have been named as the respondents in the suit

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