Bold activist dared challenge Uhuru’s decision that saw him take the battle to the courtroom. Well, rulings have finally come out with Kenyatta still on top of the game.
The court has declined to issue conservatory orders barring former Kenyatta University vice-chancellor Professor Olive Mugenda from serving as the Non-Executive Chairperson of the Kenyatta University Teaching, Referral, and Research Hospital board.
Activist Okiya Omtatah had argued in his application stating that the appointments of Professor Olive Mugenda, Kithinji Kiragu, and Gladys Ogallo were not fair, open, competitive, merit-based, and inclusive recruitment process.
He said that since those positions were public the recruitment ought to be done by the Public service commission and should be open and competitive.
The court, however, stated that the President and the Cabinet Secretary made the appointments in good faith and if the appointments were found to not be in line with the constitution, they would be quashed.
In a gazette notice dated April 1, 2019, President Kenyatta named the former Kenyatta University Vice Chancellor to chair the board for a period of 3 years.
Prof. Mugenda retired as V.C of the institution on March 18, 2016 after serving for 10 years and turned down a Ksh.100 million send-off package awarded to her as an appreciation for her exemplary performance.
She is also a member of the Judicial Service Commission.