Court Dismisses Case That Had Blocked Vetting Of President Ruto’s PS Nominees
The High Court has struck out cases that had been filed challenging the nomination of 51 principal secretaries by President William Ruto.
Justice Nduma Nderi dismissed the consolidated petitions, stating that they had been filed prematurely.
This means that the National Assembly will proceed with the vetting of the 51 nominees.
“Consolidated petitions are struck out for having been filed prematurely,” ruled justice Nduma Nderi
Justice Nduma Nderi further noted that the court could only be approached once the National Assembly concludes the vetting process.
“This is a sacred mandate given to the House by the people of Kenya… the petitioners must await the conclusion of the process,” the court noted.
Last week the High Court stopped the vetting exercise of the PSs pending a case filed by the Law Society of Kenya (LSK).
Two other similar cases were filed and have been consolidated.
LSK moved to court to challenge the PS nominees list unveiled by President William Ruto on the grounds that it does not consider the regional and tribal balance.
The society future claims that the provision of the two-thirds gender rule, persons living with disabilities, and the youth was never put into account in the nominations.
“There’s no justification whatsoever why the impugned nominations do not depict national representation including but not limited to the youth, people with disabilities, marginalized communities, the elderly among others,” argues LSK.
LSK argued that the larger public and marginalized communities will suffer a continued miscarriage of justice if the vetting process and subsequent appointments are done.