Nakuru Governor Susan Kihika breathed a sign of relief yesterday after the employment and labour relations court temporary stopped the hearing of a petition challenging her appointment of county chief officers (COs).
Justice David Nderitu halted proceedings on Kenneth Odongo's petition after it was brought to the court's Attention that Susan Kihika had moved to the court of appeal on the jurisdiction by the labour court to hear the matter.
Susan Kihika, and county assembly speaker Joel Karuri have appealed against Nderitu's November 29, ruling that pronounced that the labour court had jurisdiction to hear the petition with Kihika's lawyers informing the court that the appeal was slated for hearing on December 19.
With this development, judge Nderitu obsessed that proceeding with the hearing of the petition would be in futility if the appellate court overturn his findings saying it was wise to stay the hearing up until a pronouncement is made.
"This court has to wait for the decision of the superior court and I hereby stay the proceedings of the case, however, in the meantime, all parties in the case are to still file their submissions by December 21". Said Nderitu. He at the same time extended the interim orders that stopped vetting of the 21 nominees by the county assembly until December 21.
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