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Group seek to halt ministers’ swearing in

05 June 2013, 17:35 Wangui Joseph

A group in Nyeri County has moved to court seeking an order to bar County executive secretaries from being sworn in.

Nyeri City Wide Residents Association said the criterion used to short list the nine executives unveiled recently by Governor Nderitu Gachagua is questionable.

Through lawyer George Gori, the group is seeking orders to halt their swearing in saying the governor contravened the law and the constitution when appointing.

The lawyer told High Court Judge Justice James Wakiaga that in the job advertisement, it was clear public servants should not have applied but the Governor went ahead and appointed several of them.

He however stated that they will serve the County assembly and Governor’s office with copies of their protest letter as court established that they had not done so.

“The appointments did not meet the constitutional requirement as it was categorical in the advertisement that no state or public officer should apply. The Governor contradicted himself,” he reiterated.

The judge adjourned the case to June 7.

Cabinet lacks youth, disabled and minority representations

In a close interview, the group led by Samson Kagiri faulted the Governor’s cabinet saying it lacks youth, disabled and minority representations.

He said the panel that shortlisted the nominees was full of sycophants and the appointments were based on political party affiliation.

They further protested against nomination of candidates from other Counties, as Kagiri argued that they do not understand local, inner residents’ issues.

They added that the man appointed to be in charge of Gender, Youth and Sports docket is 63 years old and therefore can not understand neither articulate youth issues effectively.

Kagiri questioned the criteria used to come up with the list since it was regionally unbalanced and most of the nominees were mostly from the Governor's Mathira backyard.

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