The Nyamira county government has been barred from replacing its workers.
The Employment and Labour Relations Court on Monday stopped the devolved unit which had advertised for new County chief officers from recruiting and filling the positions of 10 chief county officers and the county secretary.
In a case filled by Mr Vincent Mariita Omao, he claims that that the county’s action of advertising for positions yet there are workers occupying the offices and discharging their duties amounts to illegal and unfair administrative action against them.
“The affected officers’ employment contracts have not expired. The county government has breached their contractual terms and this should not be allowed,” claimed Mr Omao in his court papers.
The court’s decision comes barely few days after the Public Service Cabinet Secretary Sicily Kariuki wrote to the council of governors in a letter dated August 31st. Which observed that there is a category of county workers who are permanent and pensionable, who can not be arbitrarily laid off without following the laid procedures.
This now puts on halt the process by Nyamira governor intentions to replace his workforce with the case being slated to be heard on September 21, 2017.