Okiya Omtatah sues over Uhuru parastatal jobs list

Okiya Omtatah. Activist Okiya Omtatah. PHOTO | FILE | NATION MEDIA GROUP

Rights activist Okiya Omtatah wants the Employment and Labour Relations Court to quash the recent appointment of poll losers to parastatal boards.

The activist filed the case at the High Court in the capital, Nairobi, on Monday morning.

The appointments gazetted on February 8, Mr Omtatah says, were not done in a “fair, open, competitive, merit-based and inclusive process,” as required in law.

He further argues that they were made in contempt of court orders and in breach of the Constitution

The activist has sued the Executive, Public Service Commission, State Advisory Committee and Attorney-General Paul Kihara.

“On February 4 and 8, 2019, the respondents defied orders when they handpicked and appointed individuals to be chairpersons and members of boards of State corporations and state agencies,” he says in the suit papers.

Mr Omtatah has turned to court before over State appointments including those of chief administrative secretaries and principal secretaries.

He filed a suit in January last year against President Kenyatta, the PSC, the Attorney-General and the Speaker of the National Assembly, arguing that they defied the law and skipping public participation.

Mr Omtatah also cited the country’s ballooning wage bill and the law, which he said stipulates that no person may claim or exercise State authority except as authorised under the Constitution.

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