7 January 2014

Kenya: Oloo Will Not Leave TNA for State Job, Says Sakaja

President Uhuru Kenyatta's TNA will ask its secretary Onyango Oloo to reject a state appointment if it means that he will leave the party. TNA chairman Johnson Sakaja yesterday said that they believe Oloo should legally hold the two positions. He said they will however not allow him to leave the party.

Uhuru last week appointed Oloo to chair the Lake Basin Development Authority. "Articles 77 and 260 of the constitution are very clear. A chairman of a parastatal is not a state officer," Sakaja said. He said the party feels that if Oloo is legally blocked from holding the two positions, he should remain in the party.

"We have, and the SG has also expressed the same, agreed that he should not leave the party and should turn down the new appointment. But we believe that the law is on his side," Sakaja said. There is confusion on whether the law explicitly bars members of parastatal boards from holding political party positions by virtue of them being public officers.

The constitution says public officers are people appointed to public offices and draw their salaries and benefits from the government, including state officers.

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