Embattled National Parents Association (NPA) chairman Nicholas Maiyo has suffered a major blow after the High Court sitting in Nairobi ordered him to vacate office within seven days.
This is after Justice Hedwig Ong'undi allowed an application by the newly elected officials of the association to revoke a notice that had gazetted national representatives, led by Maiyo as the legitimate new officials of the association.
The court ordered the Maiyo-led team to vacate office with immediate effect as they are illegally in office.
As a consequence, the court approved the new faction of representatives led by David Obuhatsa Silas and Eskimos Kobia who were gazetted on September 9, 2022, as the new chairperson and Secretary General of the Parents National Association respectively to take over the office.
"An order is hereby issued Maiyo, Sarah Kagendo, Jeremiah Nyakundi, Onesmus Kauwi, Patrick Lumumba, Rose Otiek and Mohammed Omar whether by themselves, their proxies, agents or servants from denying the Obuhatsa-led faction from accessing the offices of the National Parents Association, " ordered Justice Ong'undi.
She further ordered the Maiyo-led team to hand over all documents including bank accounts, website, sponsorship agreements and receipt books of the association which are in their custody within seven days.
The court further restrained Maiyo from addressing any Media briefs on behalf of the parents association or participating in any meeting organized by the Ministry of Education or any education stakeholder.
The new faction had informed the court that Maiyo was not properly elected as the chairman of the association and has been holding office illegally.
But Maiyo, On the other hand, had dismissed the new faction, calling them masqueraders who are not affiliated with the organization.
The new development comes after the court in a judgement dated May 31, 2022, nullified the elections of the Maiyo-led team and ordered the association to conduct fresh elections within 45 days from the date of the court's decision.
It is said that the election was conducted as directed by the court and the new officials of the Obuhatsa-led faction were gazetted under Gazette notice number 10685 on September 9, 2022, but the Maiyo-led team refused to hand over the association offices situated at Reinsurance plaza 13th floor leading to the current suit.