Court halts deployment and remuneration of Village Admins

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Employment and Labour Relations court in Bungoma has stopped the deployment and renumeration of recently trained village Administrators.

The court said the process should be stopped until the matter is conclusively heard and determined.

Justice Jemimah Keli directed Bungoma County Attorney Cyril Wayong’o to ensure the orders are followed to the latter.

In a ruling delivered on Tuesday when the issue came up for mention, Justice Keli said any County official who will pay village administrators their salaries will personally be liable.

30 petitioners led by a human right activist Prof Barasa Nyukuri and represented by lawyer Bryan Khaemba, headed to the court after the County Public Service Board failed to explain how the exercise allegedly riddled with massive malpractices was conducted.

The court extended the interim orders against the village administrators not to be deployed or paid any salaries and allowances until the matter is heard and determined.

“Do not sacrifice innocent people by paying them any salary as they will be forced to return it to the County Treasury,” said the judge.

Meanwhile the County Public Service Board and the County Government of Bungoma was told by the Court to  respect the appeal of the petitioners before the National Public Service Commission. 

“You should not do anything that will put them in contempt of the court order and / or the National Public Service Commission decision,” the Judge said.

Two other petitions were filed on Tuesday against the deployment of 236 village administrators.

The hearing has been set for the 15th of December 2021.

The 236 village administrators passed out successfully after a 21 days training at Kibabii Diploma Teachers Training College in Syombe, Bumula constituency.

Bungoma governor Wycliffe Wangamati said that petitioners were derailing employment of county youths but he hopes that they will be deployed to complete his administrative structure.

“Once they are sworn in, I would have completed my administrative structure from my office to village administration to make my work easier,” he said after the pass out parade.

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