Edward Gichana has assumed office as the new Clerk of the Nairobi County Assembly.
This follows an order lifting the suspension of his appointment. Gichana is now taking over from Jacob Ngwele whose appointment was revoked by labour relations court last Friday.
In an interview with Ghetto Radio News Gichana called on the MCAs to accord him an enabling environment to discharge his duties.
“I was competitively recruited by Nairobi County Assembly Board as the clerk however, there were court cases but on Friday the court pronounced itself and ordered issues suspending my gazzetment were lifted so I am happy to come back as clerk… I want to thank sincerely the leadership starting with speaker ,majority leader ,minority leader ,chief whips and I promise to work closely so that we can improve the services of the Assembly,” he said.
Issuing the ruling Labour and Employment Court Judge Maureen Onyango cited irregularities in Ngwele’s appointment as Nairobi County Assembly clerk.
“The petitioner sought an injunction against the respondents for illegally or unfairly interfering with petitioner’s employment by way of suspension ,termination or removal whether acting directly or through third party… Having found that the petitioner’s appointment was shrouded by irregularities hence illegal this court declines to grant those orders,” Justice Maureen noted.
Last year the MCAs in a motion of privilege, revoked the appointment of Mr Ngwele as the assembly’s clerk on grounds of gross violation of Section 18(2) of the County Assembly Services Act.
The motion was moved by Nairobi West MCA Maurice Gari and was adopted by the house.
Later the board advertised the Clerk position where Gichana emerged as number one followed by Nairobi based lawyer Gad Awuonda at position two.
Before his appointment Gichana was the Head of Internal Audit Nairobi City County Government.