Court quashes nomination of ex Nyeri MP and ex Isiolo Women rep as NLC members

Former Nyeri MP Esther Murugi Mathenge. Photo/file

High court has quashed the nomination of former Nyeri MP Esther Murugi Matenge and ex Isiolo Women Representative Tiyah Galgalo as a member of the National Land Commission.

Employment and labour relation court judge Helen Wasilwa ruled that the selection panel as constituted was incompetent but that did not affect the outcome of the entire process.

Justice Wasilwa found that Galgalo did not have a tax compliance certificate.

“Having found that she was nominated for a position she may not have been interviewed for, Parliament should not have proceeded to vet her as a suitable candidate,” ruled Justice Wasilwa.

The petitioner Moses Kiptuma had challenged the process used by the selection panel to nominate the two.

Kiptuma argued that the to lawmakers were not shortlisted candidates who had applied and shortlisted ones notified through the dailies.

The petitioner claimed that Galgalo and Murugi were not successful and therefore strange that their names were forwarded to the President.

According to him, the two never even applied for the positions and were neither interviewed.

He contended that the entire selection process was flawed since since among the eight successful applicants meant to be member of NLC were the two women who were neither shortlisted nor interviewed for the positions.