Omtata blocks nomination of new solicitor general
Controversial activist Okiya Omtatah has today gone to court to contest the nomination of Kennedy Ogeto as Solicitor General.
In his suit at the Milimani law courts Omtata has faulted President Uhuru Kenyatta’s move for handpicking Ogeto without being first identified and recommended by the Public Service Commission (PSC) through a competitive and merit-based recruitment.
Omtatah has sued President Uhuru Kenyatta in his personal capacity for nominating the advocate without public participation.
He now wants the President, PSC, Attorney General (AG) and Speaker of National Assembly restrained from effecting Ogeto’s nomination.
He also sought an order stopping Speaker Justin Muturi from accepting Ogeto’s name for purposes of vetting.
Omtatah insists that the Head of State is bound by the Constitution and other laws with no capacity to act beyond or outside of them.
“The President must uphold the provision and the spirit of constitution and statute,” he argues.
Last week President Kenyatta appointed Ogeto to replace Njee Muturi who was given a new appointment as Deputy Chief of staff.
By Joseph Ng’ang’a