Void orders against vetting to assist city, Sakaja pleads

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2022 05:40 | By
Nairobi Governor-elect Johnson Sakaja. PHOTO/Courtesy
Nairobi Governor Johnson Sakaja. PHOTO/Courtesy

Nairobi Governor Johnson Sakaja has asked the Employment and Labour Relations Court to lift orders stopping the vetting of his cabinet, saying the county will be prejudiced if the process does not commence.

Justice Anna Mwaure issued orders on November 8 stopping the vetting of 10 CEC members appointed by Sakaja pending the hearing of a suit filed by the Association of Muslim Lawyers and the Nubian rights forum.

The two lobby groups are  challenging Sakaja’s nominees, arguing that they were not represented, as no individual from the Islam group was shortlisted yet they contribute 30 per cent of Nairobi County’s Gross Domestic Product.

But Sakaja, through lawyer Duncan Okatch, says the petitioners’ sole agenda is to create a rift between religions in the county.

According to the governor, he has discretion to nominate anyone as a CEC member as long as one meets the set qualifications. The governor says there are only 10 slots for CEC members, hence it is impossible to include all 47 tribes and religions. Ruling will be on Tuesday. 

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