Article Image
NATIONAL

Omtatah takes Uhuru to court over appointment of election losers

Sheppernard N. Mosomi
Vote on this article to affect its rank!
President Uhuru Kenyatta in the ongoing summit at Ethiopia. [Source: PSCU/Twitter]

President Uhuru Kenyatta will have to face tussle from activist Okiya Omtatah following his latest appointment of several election losers to State parastatal in a gazette notice dated Feb 4th this year. 

In the appointment, high profile politicians who lost in the 2017 polls have been recalled, further angering the stylish activist who believes they were not done in accordance with the Constitution of the Republic of Kenya.

“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,” argues Omtatah in his petition.

Those appointed include former governors Joseph Irungu (Laikipia) and David Nkedienye of Kajiado. 

The list also had former Mwingi Central MP Joe Mutambu, a close associate of President Uhuru Kenyatta. Others are former Taita Taveta Woman Representative Joyce Lay who lost in senatorial race and Mr Kalembe Ndile, a former assistant minister.

At a tour to Kisii last year, Uhuru defended his decision to appoint retirees to his government, accusing youths of engaging in graft issues.

"At times you must push for your space. You can't sit down and expect to get everything on a silver platter. Some of you are also in the bad books of corruption."

With Uhuru's executive named as one of the respondents in the petition, the Public Service Commission and the Attorney General will also have to respond. 

It is not the first time Uhuru is appointing retirees to the government with the most recent appointment of former Vice President Moody Awori causing jitters within the government. 

Uhuru is struggling to regain the confidence of youths, many of who voted overwhelmingly for him in both 2013 and 2017 polls.

Kamata deals poa this Payday! with Jumia

Thank you for reading my article! You have contributed to my success as a writer. The articles you choose to read on Hivisasa help shape the content we offer.
-Sheppernard N. Mosomi

Vote on this article to affect its rank!
Report Story

More you may enjoy reading

You might also like

You may also enjoy these stories

Since you like this story, here’s more

More stories you might like

Don’t miss out on these stories

Whilst you’re here, check out these stories

We thought you’d like these stories as well

Don’t leave without checking out these stories too