BY PHOEBE WANJOHI.
Garissa Governor Ali Korane has been summoned to appear before court on September 28 over the failure to pay three former county executives Sh61 million for wrongful dismissal.
Employment and Labour Relations Court ordered Korane to appear together with the county finance executive over the failure to settle the amount.
This after the county government lost a bid to overturn the decision before the Court of Appeal.
Earlier Court of Appeal judges Wanjiru Karanja, Hannah Okwengu and Fatuma Sichale dismissed the appeal by county government challenging the monies awarded to the three county executives Idris Muktar, Muktar Bulale and Salah Farah.
The three former county executives were sacked in May 2015 over accusations of traveling to destinations outside the country without proper sanction from the office of the governor and unauthorized regular absence from office, which had resulted in service delivery to the public being hampered.
Bulale was further accused of failing to implement key policy decisions relating to his department and failure to supervise the administration and service delivery of the water department and other related agencies of the county.
But in 2018 Employment and Labour relations Judge Hellen Wasilwa ruled that their dismissal was illegal.
The Judge noted that on the alleged absenteeism, the CECs had been permitted by the Governor to travel out of the country as the trips were official and for the benefit of the county government.
The judge awarded the former CECs Sh4 million each but the amount was later increased by consent to Sh15.7 million each.
But even after winning the case, the county government has failed to honour the amount despite making promises through correspondences filed in court.