HEARING DECEMBER 7

Court stops Bungoma village administrators from assuming office

They were already undergoing training in various institutions.

In Summary

• Judge J W Keli issued temporary orders barring respondents from deploying the newly employed administrators to their respective areas.

• The 29 petitioners, through lawyer Bryan Khaemba, sued the Bungoma county service board, saying the recruitment process was not fair.

Village administrators being trained in Syombe
Village administrators being trained in Syombe
Image: JOHN NALIANYA

A labour court in Bungoma has stopped the 236 newly recruited village administrators from assuming office until the case filed by 29 petitioners is heard and determined.

Judge J W Keli issued temporary orders barring respondents from deploying the administrators to their respective areas.

The 29 petitioners, through lawyer Bryan Khaemba, sued the Bungoma County Service Board, saying the recruitment was unfair.

"Due process was not followed when recruiting the village administrators," the lawyer said.

Judge Keli has given the service board 14 days to file their response.

The hearing of the inter parties is slated for December 7.

The village administrators are being trained in various institutions and the court order has not stopped the training.

Last year, civil society groups sued to stop the recruitment of the village administrators challenging its legality.

Barasa Nyukuri and Raphael Were of Torch Africa filed a petition at the Labour court in Kisumu seeking to stop the process. They said the move was unconstitutional.

But the labour court sitting in Bungoma gave Governor Wycliffe Wangamati the go-ahead to recruit the administrators.

Edited by A.N