Trans Nzoia County governor George Natembeya is a relieved man after a case which curtailed the nomination and appointment process of 11 chief officers to serve in various County departments was was dismissed by an Eldoret Court.
In the petition which was filed in November by Stephen Kiplagat Rotich, an aggrieved resident of Trans Nzoi County, he argued that the list of nominees lacked regional and tribal balance. Presiding judge Joram Abuodha consequently issued temporary orders stopping the vetting until the matter is determined.
“Order is hereby issued restraining and barring the Country Service Board from receiving the list of nominees and if already received barring them from vetting or appointing the 11 nominees as chief officers,” the court order read.
Upon the review of the petition, the eldoret court dismissed the matter on grounds that it lacks substance, giving the governor a go-ahead to follow the due process of nomination and appointment.
Natembeya has since expressed his contentment to the judgement, crediting his legal team for delivering the much-needed victory
"Join me in appreciating my Legal team led by Counsel Oringe Waswa for putting up a good fight in the Petition challenging the Nomination of Chief Officers. My appreciation also goes to the good Judge for upholding the rule of law. We now focus on delivering our agenda." Natembeya said.
The eleven nominees whose appointments were contested include Kennedy Seme, Sammy Sichangi,Dorothy Nyukuri,Philip Kapten,George Mwangi,Emmanuel Wanjala,Jane Wachwenge, Ashton Mulupi, Patrick Osoro, Isaac Ndiema and Roselyne Nasiebanda.
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