Matiangi in trouble over failure to follow procedure in picking institute officials

Education CS Fred Matiangi/FILE

BY NAMULONGO PETER,NAIROBI,14TH MARCH 2017-Thika District Business Association  has  sued   Education Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i “ over what it terms as  illegal” constitution of the Board of Management of Thika Technical Training Institute.The association through the petition  from its   secretary general Alfred Wanyoike accused the CS of neglecting the list of nominees forwarded by the nominating panel and crafting his own in October last year.

He called for the immediate disbandment of the board and a fresh nomination process to take place saying it lacks regional balance among other requirements of the law.  “The board as currently constituted has only two members from Kiambu County and seven from other regions which is against the constitution,” said part of the petition which noted that it lacked transparency and public participation.

They also raised concerns that no persons with disabilities were considered while the names of three women nominated by the panel were dropped.

Through his advocate Wokabi Mathenge and Company Advocates, Wanyoike pointed out that Jerry Magutu, Julius Nyamamba and Florence Akumu were not in the initial list of nominees.  He noted that the nomination of Jerry Magutu as the chairperson of the institute as illegal since he has served as a member of the board for more than two terms.

Wanyoike further expressed opposition to the inclusion of Nyeri County Technical and Vocational Education Training (TVET) director Adelina Mugure saying she serves in seven other boards and affecting her performance.

The petitioner who has also served the Attorney General raised concerns that the board is likely to make unfair and unreasonable decisions on behalf of the institute.

Pending the hearing and determination of the application inter-parties, they want a conservatory order to be issued restraining the board from making decisions, orders and or entering into contractual obligations for and on behalf of Thika Technical Training Institute.

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