BY SAM ALFAN.
Employment and Labour Relation Court has stopped the ongoing vetting and approval of 51 Principal Secretaries after Law Society of Kenya challenged the list of nominees presented to Parliament over the failure to meet regional and gender balance.
Justice Nzioki wa Makau ordered parliament to halt the process pending determination of a petition filed by LSK.
The vetting started on Monday and more than 15 nominees have appeared before relevant committees so far.
“A conservatory order is hereby issued restraining or barring the national assembly from receiving or if already received the list of nominees , barring the processing, vetting or in anyway proceeding or processing the nomination for appointment or appointing the attorney General to 51 Principal secretaries as communicated vide press release dated 2rd November through Head of Public Service Felix Kosgei,” ordered Judge Makau.
The judge said the petition by LSK raises serious issues touching on the disparity, ethnic and gender balance
The judge directed that the matter be placed for hearing on November 21, 2022.
The LSK says the list does not meet the criteria and the aspirations of all kenyans as it is and not inclusive.
The lawyers body says the list does not account of Regional and tribal balance, the two-third gender principle, persons living with disabilities and youth contrary to tenets of governance.
It is LSK’s argument that the list as presented is discriminatory and made in total disregard of the constitution.