A Nairobi Court has quashed the appointment of former Othaya MP Mary Wambui as the chairperson of the National Employment Authority (NEA).
The Employment and Labour Relations court ruled that her nomination was irregular as she did not qualify for the job.
The ruling comes almost four months after the Kenya Young Parliamentarians Association (KYPA) filed a petition that led to the suspension of her appointment.
“That the 3rd respondent (Wambui) has on several occasions personally admitted that she possesses a limited educational background which for all intents and purposes makes her unqualified and unsuitable to conduct the affairs of the chairperson of National Employment Authority in light of the specialist academic and professional requirements that were intended to be possessed by the chairperson of the said authority,” the petition reads.
The petitioner further alleged that Wambui does not hold neither has held any of the qualifications or their equivalent as required by the said Act in order to qualify as a certified Human Resource professional.
“THAT impending catastrophe of the impugned Gazette Notice can only be arrested by declaring it unconstitutional,” the petitioner added.
The appointment of the former Othaya MP had elicited strong reactions with Kenyans taking to Twitter to express their disapproval.
”Does Mary Wambui have the merit? Does she need the job? Can she deliver?” Allen Arnold posed as another Twitter user Julishwa lamented: “Does this government honestly want to claim this people in retirement age are appointed in these positions to serve the youth? we are talking of youth unemployment but there are positions for retirees!”
Gatuu Joseph also expressed his dismay after learning of the appointment saying: “How I wish kuna sheria inasema anyone above 65 should not hold any office, be it political, public or even whatever board or commission. People should learn to share. Youth watawai pata job lini seriously kwa hii Kenya.”
Dee Ndani added: “Am angry to say the least. How now??? Why??? This is an insult to the many jobless graduates in our country. When will our country ever move forward? With such appointments, we’ll always be in the last century.”
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