Don’t renew NGO Board chief’s contract, says court

Fazul Mahamed, the NGO Co-ordination Board boss who has often rubbed civil society the wrong way, may no longer have powers that he has been seen to wield.

This is after the Employment and Labour Relations Court stopped any efforts aimed at renewing or extending his contract as the executive director of the NGOs regulator.

Justice Hellen Wasilwa issued a temporary order pending the hearing and determination of the case filed against the Interior secretary by activist Okiya Omtatah.

“Court is hereby pleased to issue an interim order restraining the Interior CS or any person acting in his authority  from renewing, re-appointing or in any way whatsoever extending Mr Mahamed’s contractual tenure,” the judge said.

Mr Mahamed’s contract ended November 23, having served for three years since November 23, 2014.

He has other pending cases including one where he is accused of using a forged certificate to secure employment at the agency.

He has also been subjected to legal battles by several lobbies for his decision to deregister them.

The Kenya Human Rights Commission, Kalonzo Musyoka Foundation, Africa Centre for Open Governance (Africog) and the International Foundation for Electoral System (IFES) are some of the lobbies that sued the board together with Mr Mahamed or listed them as an interested party.

They all faced deregistration except for IFES that was banned from operating in Kenya but obtained reprieve in court.

According to Mr Omtatah, the said CS has not yet started recruitment of a new executive director as required by law.

He has faulted the CS for being negligent in his duties and posing to breach the law that touches on the contractual tenure of CEOs of public bodies.

Education CS Fred Matiang’i is the acting Interior secretary.