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Wycliffe Wangamati NASA Governor faces 6-month jail term

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The Governor has also been directed to keep off the county public service board's activities.

Nasa leaders Raila Odinga (centre) and Musalia Mudavadi (second left), calm down a crowd as Moses Wetang'ula (right) and the coalition's candidates for the Bungoma governor’s seat Alfred Khangati (left), of ODM, Wycliffe Wangamati (third right) of Ford Kenya and Stephen Mutoro (second right) of ANC during a rally at Posta ground in Bungoma on June 23, 2017. Wangamati faces a jail term of up to six months. play Nasa leaders Raila Odinga (centre) and Musalia Mudavadi (second left), calm down a crowd as Moses Wetang'ula (right) and the coalition's candidates for the Bungoma governor’s seat Alfred Khangati (left), of ODM, Wycliffe Wangamati (third right) of Ford Kenya and Stephen Mutoro (second right) of ANC during a rally at Posta ground in Bungoma on June 23, 2017. Wangamati faces a jail term of up to six months. (Nation Media Group)

Bungoma Governor Wycliffe Wangamati faces a jail term of up to six months and could also pay a Sh300,000 fine for ignoring a court order against interfering with the county public service board.

While filing a case at the Kisumu Labour Court, the county's board through its lawyer Calitus Shifoka said the governor had disregarded the order issued on December 11, 2017.

play Bungoma Governor Wycliffe Wangamati during his inauguration at Masinde Muliro Kanduyi Stadium. He faces a jail term of up to six months. (Facebook)

Ignoring court orders

Wangamati is accused of ignoring the court order and making public utterances on a matter before court.

The Bungoma County boss has also been accused of placing additional locks on the doors of their offices at the Bungoma headquarters.

“The Governor disregarded the orders of this court. We pray he is found guilty of contempt and jailed for six months,” the application reads in part.

The board has been appointed by Wangamati's predecessor and now Senate Speaker Kenneth Lusaka.

play Bungoma Governor Wycliffe Wangamati during his inauguration at Masinde Muliro Kanduyi Stadium. He faces a jail term of up to six months. (The Star)

Corruption

However, their tenure in office is yet to expire.

Wangamati has in the past accused the County Public Service Board of corruption and nepotism through acceptance of bribes  by persons seeking Chief Officers positions.

The matter is said to be determined on February 5.

Meanwhile, the governor is to keep off the board's activities until the case is heard and determined.

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