The Employment and Labour relations court has stopped the ongoing vetting of Principal Secretaries pending the hearing and determination of the case filed by the Law Society of Kenya.
In a court order, Justice Nzioki wa Makau ruled: “Pending hearing of this application inter partes on November 21, 2022, a conservatory order is hereby issued restraining and/or barring the Respondents from receiving or if already received the list of nominees, barring the processing, vetting, or in any way proceeding or processing the nomination for appointment and/or appointing the first to 51st Interested parties herein as Principal Secretaries as communicated vide a Press Release dated November 2, 2022, by Mr. Felix K. Koskei, Head of Public Service.”
Moreover, the Law Society of Kenya (LSK) filed a petition in court challenging the list of the PS nominees on November 11, 2022. They argued that the list of nominees by President William Ruto lacked gender, tribal and regional balance.
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“That from the list of nominees, the nomination does not take into account the regional and tribal balance, the two-thirds gender principle, persons living with disabilities and the youth contrary to the tenets of good governance,” part of the court documents reads.
“On the impugned list of 51 interested parties, 13 are members of the Kalenjin community from Rift Valley region, 13 from Central Kenya region to the detriment of the other 40 tribes and communities in Kenya.” The court papers reads further.