Big Win For Ruto As Ally Succeeds In Petitioning Court To Block Uhuru’s Appointee From State House

KEY POINTS

  • Judiciary has once again slapped Uhuru Kenyatta in the face after High Court delivered a ruling that requires the president to lock out NMS Boss Mohamed Badi from State House.
  • High Court issued an order prohibiting Lieutenant General Badi from attending any Cabinet meetings or discharging any functions of the Cabinet.
  • The order quashes a decision by President Uhuru that appointed and included Badi into Cabinet meetings.

Judiciary has once again slapped Uhuru Kenyatta in the face after High Court delivered a ruling that requires the president to lock out NMS Boss Mohamed Badi from State House.

High Court issued an order prohibiting Lieutenant General Badi from attending any Cabinet meetings or discharging any functions of the cabinet.

The order quashes a decision by President Uhuru that appointed and included Badi into cabinet meetings.

Uhuru issued an Executive order No. 3 of 2020 to allow the Nairobi Metropolitan Services (NMS) boss to sit in cabinet meetings.

“There there is no doubt the appointment of Badi into the cabinet was not approved by the National Assembly. As such it is unclear as to by whom and how Badi will be oversighted. His term of office in the Cabinet also remains an illusion,” Justice Anthony Mrima ruled.

It was Ruto’s ally Kandara MP Alice Wahome who petitioned the court to rule on the constitutionality of the decision to appoint and include Badi into the cabinet and its committees.

Uhuru tasked Badi with the responsibility of transforming Nairobi and dismantling cartels that have held the city at ransom for years.

NMS was put into office on March 18, 2020 by the President nearly a month after then Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko handed over four key functions to the national government.

Badi reports directly to Uhuru and the court decision to bar him from cabinet meetings is a slap in the face of the president.

It remains to be seen whether the president will respect the High Court order because ironically it’s the police who are supposed to enforce the order.

Which police will show up at State House to stop Badi from entering??

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