COURT DECLINES TO STOP CS NOMINEES SWEARING.

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High Court Judge Joseph Onguto who declined to issue temporary orders stopping the swearing in of nominated Cabinet secretaries.

BY SAM ALFAN.

High court has declined to issue temporary orders stopping the swearing in of nominated Cabinet secretaries.

This is after two women and a lobby group moved to the high court challenging the appointment of the Cabinet Secretaries claiming that it was unconstitutional.

Marilyn Muthoni, Daisy Doreen Jerop and Centre for Rights, Education and Awareness state that there was violation of national values and principles

The petitioners allege that if the cabinet secretary nominees were sworn in, the cabinet will consist of 18 male and 5 female which will create gender imbalance.

Through their lawyer Harun Ndubi, the petitioners want the state be restrained from carrying on with the process of gazettement of offices of the cabinet secretaries.

The petitioners state that women have been discriminated against and have been underrepresented in appointment to the cabinet.

The women accuse the National assembly of violating the constitution by approving the appointment of the said nominees as it was under obligation to observe the rule of law and good governance.

“The National Assembly violated the constitution as it refused to consider a petition by the applicants objecting the approval of the nominees on the basis that their approval would threaten the violation of the rule of law,” said their lawyer Harun Ndubi.

High Court Judge Joseph Onguto certified the matter urgent and directed the petitioners to file and serve the respondents for inter parties hearing on December 23.

 

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