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Okiya Omtatah challenges appointment of Prof. Olive Mugenda to KU Hospital Board

Activist Okiya Omtatah has moved to court to challenge the appointment of Prof. Olive Mugenda as the board chair of the Kenyatta University Teaching, Referral and Research Hospital.

Omtatah filed the case against Prof. Mugenda and other two commissioners of the KU Hospital Board citing biasness in their appointment.

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The vocal activist told the court that the three were not subjected to a “fair, open, competitive, merit-based, and inclusive recruitment process, as required for any Public Officer.

Prof. Olive Mugenda
Prof. Olive Mugenda [IMAGE/COURTESY]

“Under the law, the process for filling offices in the public service begins with the PSC advertising vacancies for the positions and inviting applications from qualified interested parties. The PSC then publishes the names of all applicants and later the shortlist.

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“The PSC then conducts interviews and avails an opportunity for public participation before appointing persons to the offices or submitting the names of successful candidates to appointing authorities for appointment,” reads the court documents.

The activist further challenged the legality of Prof. Mugenda to chair the board saying she is still an employee of Kenyatta University and she cannot hold two post at the same institution.

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