The Employment and Labour Relations Court has issued orders stopping the recruitment of the Media Council of Kenya (MCK) Board.
The orders were issued today in a case by a petitioner who cited what he claims to be “conflict of interest” in the recruitment panel and most of the shortlisted candidates mainly from the Nation Media Group (NMG).
“That in the interim, the process of recruitment of chairperson and members of the Board of the Media Council of Kenya is hereby stayed,” the order reads in part.
“That a closer look at the selection Panel and shortlisted candidates shows that it was constituted without following due process in blatant disregard of the law and with clear intention to prevent the flow of justice,” the petition Dr Magare Gikenyi argues.
Respondents listed in the case are Information Cabinet Secretary Eliud Owalo, the Selection Panel chaired by Emmanuel Juma, the Media Council of Kenya, Nation Media Group and the Attorney General.All the shortlisted candidates are listed as interested parties.
The petitioner argues that Emmanuel Juma who chairs the Selection Panel purports to represent the Media Owners Association (MoA) yet he is not its member and that he is a former employee of the Nation Media Group that nominated him.
He also questions the standing of columnist Macharia Gaitho in the selection panel because he represents the Kenya Editors Guild and is also a former employee of NMG.
He further questioned the appointment of Dr Jane Wambui Thuo to the recruitment panel, saying she is a full-time employee at the University of Nairobi purporting to represent all public universities yet she was not nominated by all public universities offering journalism.
On Dr Kinya Mwitha who is also on the recruitment panel, the petitioner said he was appointed by the Dean at Dastar University and not all Private Universities as required by law.