Warrant of arrest against Nakuru County Governor Kinuthia and two others lifted

Nakuru County Governor Kimuthia Mbugua(right) and his lawyer Professor Tom Ojienda(left) leaving Milimani Law courts

High court has lifted warrants of arrest against Nakuru County Governor Kinuthia Mbugua, Nakuru County secretary and the secretary of Nakuru County Public Service Board.

Mbugua through his lawyer Professor Tom Ojienda told Justice Monica Mbaru of Employment and Labour Relations Court that the County Government has complied with the orders requiring him to pay six former employees.

Professor Ojienda told the judge that the three have committed to pay the six workers who were suspended from office on allegation of gross misconduct

The warrants were issued by Justice  Mbaru against Mbugua, Joseph Motari Mogusi ( Secretary Nakuru County) and  Joseph Mbugua( Nakuru County Public Service Board) to appear in court  to show cause why they  should  not be committed to civil jail for disobeying court orders.

The three were issued the warrants after they failed to comply with summons issued on June 5th 2017.

Justice Mbaru said the trio should be arrested by the officer commanding police station Nakuru and be produced in court on or before June 13th 2017.

Lawyer Brian Otieno who represented the six claimants told the judge that the court had entered judgement in favour of the claimants on October 7th 2016, which declared their suspension by the Service Board and the County Government unlawful.

Justice Stephen Radido, who heard the claimant’s case did order the governor and the Board Secretary to compute and pay wages accrued due to the former employees up to date of operation.

Otieno told the court that the claimants have severally visited the offices of both the Governor and the Secretary to the Board to establish whether computation had been done, but they have remained mute.

He added that the claimants Jackson Kimani Waweru, Daniel Kingori, Benjamin Kimengich, David Kirimi and Hassan Bagaja are living in anxiety, distress and uncertainty over failure by the Governor to respect the court judgement.

The  claimants moved  to court seeking orders directing the Secretary to the Board on behalf of the Governor to lift the suspension, reinstate them,  pay all benefits and unpaid  salaries from 2009 when they  removed them from office and taken to court facing a charge of gross  misconduct.