Activist Okiya Omtatah has moved to court seeking to block extension of the NGO co-ordination board CEO Fazul Mohammed’s term. The employment and labor relations court has directed the government not to renew their term pending determination of the case.
The NGO co-ordination board has recently been on the spot for the crackdown of non-governmental organizations they deem unfit. But now the cast has changed and the board’s tenure now hangs in the balance following an application by activist Okiya Omatatah that seeks to block extension of the term
The employment and labor relations court sitting on Wednesday certified the matter as urgent. In orders directed to the Cabinet Secretary for Interior and Coordination,Judge Hellen Wasilwa ruled that Mohammed term had expired and should not be extended.
At the same she prohibited Fazul from accessing offices of the NGO co-ordination board. This pending the hearing slated for December 18th. ”An interim order is issued restraining the respondent and its agents or any person purporting to act under its authority from renewing, re-appointing, or in any way whatsoever extending the interested parties contractual tenure as the Executive Director of the NGO coordination board which expired on November 23rd 2017 pending the interprets hearing and determination of this application and the petition herein,”
The term according to the guidelines is renewable once subject to performance evaluated by the mwongozo code of governance. It will not be first time Fazul is being declared unfit to hold office, in November 2016 the ombudsman office then led by Otiende Amollo questioned his legitimacy. However even after investigations were conducted by the EACC the board remained unmoved.