By: LILIAN OCHIENG
The Court of Appeal Thursday ordered embattled board of Communications Authority of Kenya (CA) back to office pending final hearing in a case questioning the board’s legality.
“The board has been reinstated pending an indefinite hearing, activities can now resume as normal, Court of Appeal has in another ruling allowed CA to go on with top management restructuring,’ said CA board chairperson Ben Ngene Gituku.
The ruling allowing the board a stay was delivered by Justice Kihara Kariuki on behalf of Justice Sankale Ole Kantai, Erastus M Githinji and Jamila Mohammed.
The case was filed by Mr Adrian Kamotho Njenga on October 24, last year who claimed that the board’s mandate is disputed since it was set against timelines.
The government had almost lost hope when Court of Appeal last month, quashed the board’s request for a stay. Simultaneously, the office of the ombudsman opened probes over claims of irregular allowances at CA board.
The fresh ruling now overturns orders by the same judges issued last month. Without its seven member board, decision making at the CA was at a standstill.
The board members taking back office are; Mr Wilbert Choge, Mr Ken Nyaundi, Ms Grace Munjuri, Prof Levi Obonyo, Ms Hellen Kinoti, Ms Beatrice Opee and Mr Peter Mutie.
The seven will resume office immediately, beginning recruitment of top management that had initially been stopped by the Court of Appeal.