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Kenya: Court halts latest Ruto appointees to occupy state jobs

By Victor Abuso

Posted on March 28, 2023 09:18

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A copy of the constitution and other legal texts sit on a table at the High Court in Nairobi, Kenya. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)

The High Court in Nairobi has temporarily barred the 50 recently appointed Chief Administrative Secretaries from assuming their duties and receiving any salary, after a legal challenge to the constitutionality of the appointments.

The Law Society of Kenya, and Katiba Institute, a civil society that promotes implementation of the constitution, challenged President William Ruto’s appointments, arguing that he appointed 50 new top government officials against an approved 23 positions.

“There is an imminent threat of infringement of the constitution if the interested parties proceed to assume office,” Dan Okemwa, lawyer representing both groups, said in court.

After hearing the application last week, the court ruled that President Ruto’s appointees, also referred to as assistant ministers, will only assume office after the petition is heard and determined. This came a day after they were sworn in.