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Law Society of Kenya questions Nairobi Clerk Edward Gichana’s tenure

Law Society of Kenya (LSK) has questioned  Nairobi County Assembly Clerk Mr. Edward Obwori Gichana’s tenure.

In a statement,  Florence Muturi, LSK’s Chief Executive, argued Mr Gichana’s appointment was carried out in blatant disregard of multiple orders issued by the Employment and Labour Relations Court.

The Society further says the appointment violated the Principles of Governance.

“In particular, Mr Edward Obwori Gichana’s impugned appointment as Clerk of the Assembly contravened the principles of good governance, integrity, transparency, and accountability,” the statement reads.

The statement which is copied to the Ethic and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC), LSK adds that the Labour Court nullified the appointment of Mr Gichana as the Clerk on August 2020.

It also affirmed the Clerk of the Assembly was Muvengei Jacob Ngwele, and that there was no vacancy in the same office.

In April 2020, Mr Gichana’s appeal through the Court of Appeal to have his appointment stayed in August 2020 was dismissed in December same year.

The Society now says the Court of Appeal bared Mr Gichana and Mr Ngwele from performing the powers and functions of the Clerk’s office in April 2021.

“From our understanding, the net effect of the Court of Appeal Judgment was that the office of the Clerk of Nairobi County Assembly was vacant and fresh recruitment should be commenced by advertising for the position.”

She added that despite the Court Orders, Mr Gichana has been illegally in public office discharging, exercising, and performing functions, powers, and responsibilities of the Clerk.

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