Arrest warrant issued against Kenyan Governor over court contempt

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The Employment and Labour Relations Court in Nyeri, central Kenya, has issued an arrest order for Embu Governor Martin Wambora and other members of his administration for failing to appear before it for contempt.

Wambora, County Secretary County Jason Nyaga, Finance and Economic Planning Executive John Njagi, and his Chief Officer Ruth Ndirangu were all served with warrants by Justice Njagi Marete.

The four employees were held in contempt of court last week for failing to pay the Kenya County Government Workers' Union's statutory fees.

Justice Njagi Marete stated that the four disobeyed a court order issued in December directing them to comply with the directive.

In accordance with the order, Justice Marete directed that the four officials be arrested by the OCS Nyeri Police Station.

Workers in Embu County held a protest in October 2021, claiming bad working conditions and wages as part of their complaints.

The workers accused Governor Wambora and the County Public Service Board of ignoring their request. Other employees stated that they were unable to obtain loans because they had been blacklisted by the Credit Reference Bureau (CRB).

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