Former directors of Kenya Seed Company allied to the late president Daniel Arap Moi have secured a court order blocking agriculture cabinet secretary Peter Munya's appointment of new directors at the key seed production agency.
Through judge Stephen Murugu Githinji, the high court issued an injunction preventing Munya's new appointees ; Kipkorir Arap Menjo, Alice Chesire, Francis Okwara, Gitonga Kamiti and Samuel Mecca from assuming roles as directors of Seedco. The appointments will be stayed pending hearing of the petition.
The former Moi associates led by Mr. Nathaniel Tum and five other directors have termed Munya's appointment as unlawful, they argued that the appointment was made in contravention of article 47 of the constitution of Kenya. They also said that the CS failed to make reference to company's Memorandum of Association.
According to the petitioners, appointment of directors for the company is preserve to all shareholders of the company. In response, CS Munya argued that the government is the major shareholder of the company giving it rights to solely appoint new directors.
Mr Tum was dropped as the CEO of the company back in 2011 when revelations arose that he had transferred ownership of the company to the late president Moi's family. For 18 years now, Tum has been battling the goverment over the control of the farming agency.
In March, he staged a bedroom coup and called an annual general meeting of all shareholders of Seedco with an aim of replacing the outgoing CEO and declaring dividends for the last six years. The court has directed that both parties give their submissions within 7 days.
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