Renowned activist Okiya Omtatah has filled a petition challenging the recent appointments of prominent politicians to plum Government jobs by President Uhuru Kenyatta
Omtatah filled the petitions at the High Court on Monday,urguing that the appointment of politicians Wavinya Ndeti who had contested for Machakos Governorship, Former Mwingi Central MP Joe Mutambu, former governors, Joshua Irungu (Laikipia), and David Ole Nkedianye (Kajiado), were not done on a merit-based, open, competitive and fair process as stipulated by law.
The appointments widely seen as rewards to politicians have been critisised by many Kenyans who believe such jobs should be given to young jobless youth.
The list of appointees gazette last week on Friday also includes Gonzi Rai, who lost the Kinango Parliamentary seat, former assistance minister Kalembe Ndile and Joyce Lay, former Taita Taveta Woman Representative .
According to the activist, the handpicking of the individuals to fillstate parastatal jobs was a breach of the constitution and unnecessarily locked out qualified Kenyans from these positions.
“On 4th and 8th February 2019, the respondents defied the said Orders when they handpicked and appointed individuals to be chairpersons and members of boards of State corporations and state agencies,” argues Omtatah in his petition.