Court suspends Mary Wambui appointment to chair employment authority

The petitioners argue that she is not qualified under the law, policy and best practice to be the chairperson of the NEA

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Judge Hellen Wasilwa stopped the implementation of a Gazette notice by President Uhuru Kenyatta following an application by the Kenya Young Parliamentarians Association. PHOTO/COURTESY

The appointment of former Othaya MP Mary Wambui as chairperson of the National Employment Authority has been suspended by the Employment and Labour Relations Court in Nairobi.

Judge Hellen Wasilwa stopped the implementation of a Gazette notice by President Uhuru Kenyatta following an application by the Kenya Young Parliamentarians Association.

The petitioners argue that she is not qualified under the law, policy and best practice to be the chairperson of the NEA.

Justice Wasilwa heard that the ex-lawmaker does not meet the threshold of having at least seven years’ experience in human resource management or its equivalent.

“Her appointment will disfranchise the Kenyan taxpayer given the very strategic nature of the position of NEA,” they state.

The contested notice, KYPA said, lacks notice in a country that prides itself in having many Kenyans, who are qualified for the position.