Nyoro now free to reshuffle Kiambu CECs
Kiambu Deputy Governor James Nyoro can now go ahead and reorganise the county executive appointed by his suspended boss Ferdinand Waititu, after a resident, Friday withdrew a petition barring him from doing so.
Nyoro got the reprieve when Marion Njeri Njoroge withdrew the petition before Justice James Makau of the Employment and Labour Relations Court.
"I mark this case as withdrawn, no orders as to cost. This file is now closed," ruled the judge.
Njeri, through Waithaka & Co. Advocates said she wished to withdraw the petition in entirety without orders for cost.
"That the petitioner Njeri does withdraw the whole petition dated September 23, 2019, in its entirety, with no orders as to cost," said lawyer Waithaka.
Nyoro, through lawyer Kibe Mungai, agreed with the withdrawal of case on the terms of no cost to the petitioner.
That means an earlier order by the judge restraining Nyoro from appointing, reshuffling, reassigning, dismissing or in any way interfering with the existing line up of Kiambu County Government Executive secretaries, chief officers, enforcement officers and or any other senior officer has been put aside.
Makau had ordered Nyoro not to violate provisions of Section 32 of the County Governments Act pending the hearing of the case.
Njoroge had argued that Nyoro would be acting in violation of his powers if allowed to reshuffle the county top officials.
"The first respondent (Kiambu Deputy Governor) is basically acting in clear violation of his powers and the abuse amounts to an abuse of his office as the deputy governor," read the petition.
On September 6, the Deputy Governor announced in the Kenya Gazette a reshuffle of Finance and Economic Planning CEC as well as Trade, Tourism, Cooperatives and Enterprise Development Executives.
Nyoro took over the office in acting capacity after Waititu was barred from accessing his office following allegations of misappropriation of county funds amounting to Sh588 million.