Court Declares President Uhuru Kenyatta Appointees Unconstitutional

Kenyan High Court has declared President Uhuru Kenyatta’s appointment of 128 parastatals heads in 2018 unconstitutional.

A three-judge bench ruled that the Head State did not follow the law while making the appointments.

“People of Kenya desired that the appointment of parastatal heads must be competitive, fair and transparent considering persons with disabilities and Kenya’s diverse communities,” read the ruling.

Katiba Institute and the Africa Centre for Open Governance (AfriCOG) had sued the state claiming the due process was not followed. In their suits, they also sought clarification on who between the President, Cabinet Secretaries, and the Public Service Commission have the authority to appoint chairpersons and board members of state corporations.

The ruling comes barely two weeks after the same court stopped the push to amend the country’s Constitution, popularly known as Building Bridges Initiative (BBI).

The court said the entire process was illegal, noting that the President had no authority to initiate the constitutional change.

A five-judge bench also declared the collection of BBI signatures null as well as the initiative’s constitutional committee.

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