Public Service Cabinet Secretary Margaret Kobia has been sued by an employee of the Central Bank of Kenya for allegedly omitting his name from a Gazette Notice published on June 7.
As reported by The Standard, Peter Kitonyi claims that he was elected as a member of the Council of Institute of Human Resource Management (IHRM), but CS Kobia refused to acknowledge him without justifiable cause.
Kitonyi asserts that he fulfilled all necessary requirements by the Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Kenya (ICPAK) adding that no member had challenged his election, as specified in the IHRM constitution, which gives a two-week period for filing of appeals.
“The CS and the IHRM leadership are acting with impunity in refusing to gazette me to serve in the council despite being validly elected by the members. No one has ever challenged my election victory to warrant the decision not to appoint me,” he stated.
He pointed out that it was incomprehensible the CS would publish the names of the new IHRM council members Joseph Onyango, Bildad Kisero and Stephen Malakwen but excluded his.
“It was an act of discrimination, as the four of us were duly elected, but the CS selectively chose to decline my appointment. I have made efforts and inquiries to find the reasons for my exclusion to no avail,” Kitonyi lamented.
He was reportedly elected in March to represent Nairobi, Central and North Eastern regions in the IHRM council for a term of three years.
Kitonyi now wants his name to be gazetted as a council member within 30 days and the IHRM council barred from conducting its business.
According to Justice John Mativo, Kitonyi should serve the application and file submissions before the hearing scheduled on September 24.
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