A Nairobi Court has stopped Kenya National of Chamber of Commerce and Industry from conducting the election of a chairperson of Women In Business Committee slated for January 24 in a city hotel.

This is after the current chairperson Mary Nyachae obtained a court court restraining the election of chairperson of Women In Business Committee.

Milimani commercial Senior Residents Magistrate Mirage issued the order restraining Kenya National Chambers of Commerce and Industry and Richard Ngatia by themselves, agents or servants from in any manner conducting or causing the election of the chairperson of the Women in Business committee scheduled for  tomorrow pending hearing and determination of the case.

Nyachae filed application under certificate of urgency through lawyer Danstan Omari seeking to block the said election from taking place.

The chairperson argues that she was appointed by chamber president Kiprono Kittony on March 8,2019 and before her appointment she had been endorsed by the chamber at its annual general meeting (AGM) held on February 8,2019.

She added that she received an endorsement after her name , fitness and reputation as a chairperson of women empowerment was thoroughly discussed in the board of directors meetings held on January 16, last year and consequently received a seal of approval from the board.

Lawyer Omari told the court Mary remains committed to her duties as the chairperson to the WIB and a faithful chamber member guided by the objectives , mission and vision of the chamber of Commerce.

Omari added that since the exit of former chamber president Kittony and entry of Richard Ngatia, Mary has been consistently sidelined, maligned and ignored by Ngatia rendering her and idle chairperson of women in business committee against the spirit and letter of her unrevoked appointment.

The chairperson said Ngatia has surreptitiously and sadly been convening meetings designed to whip support for a different person to take up the mantle of WIB leadership.

“There is no proper, legal, sound or reasonable justification other than malice and ill will why the only election being held at this time of the year is that the chairperson of WIB committee”, added Mary.

She added that move by Ngatia power or mandate is designed to humiliate , degrade and treat me with contempt as she is the substantive chairperson of women in business with powers from the board of directors and endorsement from chamber of Commerce AGM.