High Court suspends Uhuru’s LSK representative to IEBC selection panel

By Bernice Mbugua On Wed, 28 Apr, 2021 14:15 | 2 mins read
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The High Court has suspended the appointment of Law Society of Kenya representative Dorothy Kimengich Jemator to the IEBC selection panel.

The panel is tasked with selecting nominees for the appointment of the electoral commissioners.

Justice Antony Mrima restrained Jemator from assuming her role as the LSK representative to the selection panel for the appointment of commissioners of IEBC pending the hearing of a suit filed against her nomination.

Lawyer Charles Midenga sued Law Society of Kenya, Parliamentary Service Commission and the nominee Kimengech Dorothy Jemator saying she holds two offices of a judicial officer and the latest appointment to the selection panel of the BBI steering committee.

According to the advocate, Kimengech was appointed to serve as a member of the Energy and Petroleum Tribunal last year for a period of three years and she is also a member of the HIV and AIDS Tribunal.

“She is also a member of the Building Bridges Initiative Steering Committee as a technical expert,” he says in court documents.

Others appointed to the selection panel include Dr Elizabeth Muli, Gideon Solonka, Awori James Achoka, Elizabeth Odindo Meyo, Joseph Ngumbi Mutie and Suleiman Abdalla.

The six remaining members of the selection panel were sworn into office on Wednesday afternoon.

Embattled LSK President Nelson Havi also protested Jemator’s appointment to the commission and accused President Uhuru Kenyatta of violating the constitution after considering her for the post.

The selection panel was appointed on Monday and they are expected to conduct interviews for IEBC commissioner nominees to fill gaps left by four commissioners who resigned after the 2017 General Elections.

IEBC commissioners who resigned include Roselyn Akombe, Connie Nkatha who was the vice-chairperson, and commissioners Margret Mwachanya and Paul Kurgat.

The constitution requires the IEBC to be fully constituted 12 months to the next general elections.

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