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LSK: Havi can't hire Wambua replacement, for now - court rules

The CEO had secured court orders in December 2020 barring removal from office.

In Summary

•The judge certified the matter as urgent and hearing is set for July 29 before Justice James Rika.

• Havi had invited application to fill the position, attracting only three applicants. Two people were shortlisted for interviews scheduled for Friday, July 23.

LSK CEO Mercy Wambua and society president Nelson Havi.
LSK CEO Mercy Wambua and society president Nelson Havi.
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Law Society of Kenya President Nelson Havi cannot recruit a replacement for the lobby’s CEO Mercy Wambua for now, a Nairobi court has ordered.

The employment and labor relations court judge Maureen Odero stopped the recruitment process that had been started by Havi, giving Wambua a reprieve until the case she filed is heard and determined.

The judge certified the matter as urgent and hearing is set for July 29 before Justice James Rika.

 Havi had invited application to fill the position, attracting only three applicants. Two people were shortlisted for interviews scheduled for Friday, July 23.

The interviews, however, did not take place on Friday as the society’s Gitanga road offices were sealed off for fumigation. Reports indicate there had been Covid-19 cases in the offices prompting the decision to close it down over the weekend.

The latest court order is the latest turn in the long running feud between Havi and Wambua, with the former insisting that later had been suspended and is a stranger at the society.

Their fight started in September last year when Havi led the society’s council of 13 members to suspend her from office on accounts of gross misconduct and abuse of office. They, however, voted 9-4 to clear her of the charges, letting her return to office. Havi was in the minority.

But Havi has since insisted that Wambua has to leave the helm of the society, a fight that has paralyzed the operation of the entity as well as it branches.

The CEO had secured court orders in December 2020 barring removal from office.

In the suit papers, Wambua argued that Havi proceeded to call for applicants despite existing court orders issued December last year that barred him from interfering with her incumbency.

 “I am apprehensive that unless retrained by the court, the interviews scheduled for today would proceed as planned, resulting in appointment of CEO of LSK and Secretary to the council of the society,” she said in her pleadings.