Illegal activities land Matiang'i in trouble

Education Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i is accused of failing to follow the proper procedure before forwarding the name of one Paul Musili Wambua to President Uhuru Kenyatta for appointment.

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In a petition to the Employment and Labour Relations court in Nyeri, Mr David Mutinda Mumo alleged that Matiang'i violated the University Act in the appointment of the Chancellor.

Through lawyer John Gitibi, Mumo told the court that the CS violated the Act - which stipulates that the appointment ought to be competitive, fair and transparent - by handpicking Mr Wambua.

“The CS was supposed to pick three candidates after a competitive recruitment process and send to the President. But he failed to advertise the position and no interviews were conducted,” he told Judge Byram Ongaya.

Mumo, who wants the judge to declare the appointment null and void, highlighted that the Chancellor's character was questionable.

“There is also a judgment from the Committee where the Chancellor was convicted of misappropriating some funds. He also has a case involving misappropriation of some Sh6 million. Plus a formal complaint at the Committee from the Banking Fraud Investigating Unit where he is alleged to have issued cheques from his law firm which were drawn from a dormant account,” Mumo’s lawyer mentioned.

Lawyer Gitibi added that if the CS followed the laid down procedure, he would have discovered that the Wambua’s was not fit to hold a public office.

"Had the position been advertised and had the public participation been allowed, the CS Education would have discovered the Professor is not suited to hold a public office based on the criteria set out in the Universities Act,” the lawyer argued.

The case is scheduled for April 21.

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