On Friday, January 20, a Mombasa court denied four petitioners’ requests to halt the recruitment of ten County Executive Committee (CEC) members.
The four petitioners asked the court to prevent Mombasa County Governor Abdulswamad Nassir from appointing 10 CECs, the County Secretary, and the Chief Executive Officer to the Mombasa County Public Service Board, as well as a slew of advisors.
The Mombasa Employment and Labour Relations Court denied a conservatory order request, stating that there was no significant evidence to the petitioners’ case.
The four petitioners filed their case under a certificate of urgency, alleging that the governor violated the law during the appointment of top county officials.
Lady Justice Agnes Nzei noted that the petitioners’ pleas lacked sufficient grounds to prove Abdulswamad’s guilt, but she still allowed respondents to file responses.
Nzei also asked Governor Abdulswamad’s lawyers to serve the petitioners by Monday, the 26th, before the case is decided.
Governor Abdulswamad and his legal team appeared before Judge Nzei and dismissed the arguments of four petitioners, stating that the process was legal.
Abdullmajid Ali, Mesh Mwaniki, Maria Magdalene, and Mohamed Mohsin argued in their petition that Governor Abdulswamad’s nomination did not meet the legal threshold for hiring locals.
The four argued that the County Government Act of 2012 proposes that 70% of jobs be given to county residents and 30% reserved for outside experts.