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Omtatah takes Uhuru to court over appointment of election losers

Sheppernard N. Mosomi
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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.

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