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BY NAMULONGO PETER,13TH JUNE 2018-Vetting of procurement officers will now proceed after Employment and Labor Relations Court set aside orders suspending the process.
While making the ruling on Wednesday Justice Onesmus Makau said that Human Rights activist Okiya Omtatah failed to make full disclosure of material facts at the stage of ex-party orders that suspended the directive that the procurement managers step down.\
He adds that Omtatah did not disclose that he had filed another petition against the Head of Public Service Joseph Kinyua on the ssame issue.
Justice Makau also directed the affected officers to comply with the requirements of the circular within 10 days by providing all information required in the circular issued by Kinyua early this month.
He however cautioned the State against victimizing the affected officers saying the exercise should be carried within the confines of the law.
The court had last week blocked the implementation of the circular after activist Okiya Omtatah obtained orders claiming the action by Kinyua was contrary to the Constitution.
In court documents Omtatah filed an application against Kinyua, Public Service Commission and the Attorney General arguing they blatantly flouted the constitution by issuing the directive.
In the matter, Omtatah questioned the constitutional and legal validity of the president executing the mandate of the public service commission, validity of the circular purporting to send home the public servants and those in independent commissions for 30 days.
Kinyua made the order after the President Uhuru Kenyatta while addressing the public during this year’s Madaraka Day celebrations directed for fresh vetting of finance officers in the government including subjecting them to polygraph tests.