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Activist wants Mugenda dropped from university's hospital board

HEALTH & SCIENCEBy FAITH KARANJA | Wed,Apr 10 2019 00:00:00 EAT
By FAITH KARANJA | Wed,Apr 10 2019 00:00:00 EAT

 Health CS Sicily Kariuki, KU Hospital Board Chairperson Prof Olive Mugenda and PS Ministry of Health Susan Mochache during the commissioning of the board at the ministry office in Nairobi on April 8, 2019. [Jonah Onyango/Standard]

The appointment of Olive Mugenda as a non-executive chairperson of Kenyatta University Teaching, Referral and Research Hospital board has been challenged in court.

Human Rights activist Okiya Omtatah yesterday filed an application challenging the constitutional and legal validity of the appointment by President Uhuru Kenyatta.

The appointments of Kithinji Kiragu and Gladys Ogallo as board members have also been challenged.

Mr Omtatah now wants the court to suspend that gazette notice that announced the appointments, pending the hearing and determination of his application.

“Pending the application herein, the honorable court be pleased to grant an order suspending the gazette notice Nos. 3223 and 3224 of April, 12019, appointing, respectively, Mugenda, Kithinji and Ogallo to be members of the Kenyatta University Teaching, Referral and Research Hospital board," Omtatah's application read.

He argued that the offices must be filled through a competitive process.

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