Court stops appointment of Ruto’s nominees to National Climate Change Council

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On Mon, 20 Feb, 2023 13:39 | < 1 min read
Court stops appointment of Ruto's nominees to National Climate Change Council
President William Ruto. PHOTO/Facebook/williamsamoei

The High Court has suspended President William Ruto's decision to nominate Emily Mwende Waita, John Kioli, Umar Omar and George Odera Outa to the National Climate Change Council (NCCC).

The interim orders issued by Justice Mugure Thande bars the nominees from being appointed, gazetted or holding offices as members of NCCC pending the hearing of a petition challenging the recruitment process.

The petition has been filed by MT. Kenya Network Forum and indigenous People National Steering Committee on climate change (IPNSCCC).

The petitioners claim that the said nominations by Ruto failed to meet the required legal provision on transparency, competitiveness, merits and public participation.

"The petitioners claim that civil society organisations working on climate change in Kenya were excluded in the selection of the members of the council.

"It is not clear who amongst the nominees is the representative of the largest civil society organisation working on climate change as it is envisaged in the Council Act. What process was used to select the representative for the civil society for the requirements of the law and the constitution and whether there was any form of public participation in the selection of the said individuals in accordance with the Public Participation Act, " reads the court papers.

The petitioners also claim the positions were not advertised as required in law.

They have sued Attorney General Justin Muturi and National Climate Change Council.

The case will be mentioned on April 17 for directions

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