Jusitce Makau Lifts Order Against Vetting Of Procurement Officers

Justice Onesmus Makau has set aside his earlier suspension of the fresh vetting of all procurement officers.

In a ruling on Wednesday, Makau noted that an employer has the right to send employees on compulsory leave.

“Such employees will not suffer any prejudice because they will still earn their salaries,” he said.

Makau temporarily suspended the vetting in a ruling on June 6. This followed a suit filed by activist Okiya Omtatah, who objected the contents of a notice by Head of Public Service Joseph Kinyua.

In his Madaraka Day speech on June 1, President Uhuru Kenyatta directed ordered the fresh vetting and polygraph tests as part of an intensified war on corruption.

He also asked the officials to step aside and submit their personal information to Kinyua ahead of the vetting.

The notice Kinyua issued on June 4 stated that the information includes certified copies of mobile money statements of the officers and their spouses for a period of six months and three-year income tax returns for they and their businesses for the last three years.

After Makau’s suspension, State House attacked courts, Chief of Staff Nzioka Waita saying it showed that “agents of impunity have found refuge in courts to curtail justice”.

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