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Hiring 2017 election loosers lands Uhuru's gov't in hot soup

Poll losers about to become a headache to gov't

President Uhuru Kenyattta

A case was filed at the High Court challenging State appointments that saw 2017 poll losers given State job.

Activist Okiya Omtata who filed the case on Monday, argued that the appointments gazetted on Friday, February 8 were were not conducted fairly.

He further maintained that the appointed individuals were handpicked, which he maintains is in breach of court orders and the Constitution.

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Lawsuit

The suit papers stated: “On 4th and 8th February 2019, the respondents defied the said Orders when they handpicked and appointed individuals to be chairpersons and members of boards of State corporations and state agencies.” 

Former Governors David Ole Nkedianye (Kajiado), Joshua Irungu (Laikipia), former Mwingi Central MP Joe Mutambu and former Machakos gubernatorial contestant Wavinya Ndeti are some of those who were appointed to head the boards of various government agencies.

Also on the list was former Taita Taveta Woman Representative Joyce Lay, Kalembe Ndile and Gonzi Rai, who lost the Kinango Parliamentary seat.

Opposition appointees

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Analysis of the public appointments Uhuru made through the Kenya Gazette published last Friday, shows names allied to the President, Raila Odinga (ODM), Baringo Senator and Kanu chairman Gideon Moi as well as Kalonzo Musyoka (Wiper). 

Omtatah wishes for the court to consider the appointments null and void.

Respondents in this case include State Corporations Advisory Committee, Public Service Commission, the National Executive and the Attorney General.

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