22 March 2014

Kenya: County Can Hire Staff, Kisii Court Rules

The High Court in Kisii has given the Migori county Public Service Board and County Assembly Board the go-ahead to recruit staff. On Wednesday, judge Ruth Sitati threw out two applications for contempt of court and an order to to bar recruitment.

Thirteen petitioners had sought the court's interpretation citing contempt after the county government and county public service board placed an advert on a local newspaper on February 14. On February 6 the court had stated that the petitioners had a case against the two boards

The petitioners from the Kisii, Luhya and Somali tribes had cited discrimination in job appointments. They said the Luo had majority seats at 50 per cent followed by Kuria 30 per cent, Luhya at 12 per cent while others are to get eight per cent.

The applicants had complained that out of 12 chief officers 10 are Luos while two are Kuria, of the 16 directors of ministries 14 are Luo and two Kuria while the two boards have 12 members out of which only one is a Kuria. They said out of 20 people employed at the governors office all are Luos expect for one Kuria who holds the communication docket.

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