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Uhuru challenged in court for kicking out Kaindi

The replacement of Grace Kaindi as the Deputy Inspector-General of Police could be thrown into disarray after the decision was challenged in court.

A petitioner has filed an application at the Employment and Labour court alleging that President Uhuru Kenyatta violated the constitution in replacing her.

Mr Zachary Onsongo has through lawyer Jesse Oduor argued that the replacement erodes constitutional gains towards the empowerment of women.

The petitioner is seeking orders for Ms Kaindi’s reinstatement.

“In effecting her transfer or retirement, the President was also usurping the powers of the National Police Service Commission as enshrined in the constitution 2010,” argued lawyer Jesse Oduor.

He added that the President transfered Ms Kaindi on August 31, from the Police service to the Public Service against Article 245 and 246 of the Constitution.

The lawyer said that the Deputy Inspector-General of Police holds a constitutional office and was appointed on the basis of a competitive process by the National Police Service.

“By virtue of Constitutional provisions and the National Police Service Act, the deputy inspector general cannot be fired without following the due process of the law,” explained lawyer Jesse.

He added that the deputy inspector general has a five year contract which is to end in 2018.