Nyeri deputy governor’s strange puzzling court case continues to confuse Kenyans

Nyeri deputy governor Dr. Caroline Karugu has sued his boss, the county governor, Mutahi Kahiga, but for something that most are having a hard time understanding. She apparently is faulting the governor for her not having received her salary since November 2019, yet it’s general knowledge that Governors and their deputies are paid by Treasury following recommendation by the Salaries and Remuneration Commission, SRC.

Grappling to get their heads around it, most Kenyans wonder, if it’s governors who pay their deputies, why county chiefs such as Kisii’s Ongwae, and Alfred Mutua of Machakos, who have had even more acrimonious relationships with their deputies, couldn’t have as well simply just starved their deputies.

Embattled Nyeri deputy governor Caroline Karugu went to court seeking to have her boss compelled to release her salary withheld since November 2019.

In an application at the Labour and Employment Court in Nyeri, Ms Karugu who was appointed by governor Mutahi Kahiga in April 2018 claims that her boss has suspended her salary and locked her from out of office without justifiable reason.

“The claimant’s office requires assured security and she was compelled to secure this by her own means for which she incurs a monthly expense of Sh15,000 without the respondent’s regard to her safety or well being as she discharges official county duties,” she further claims.
She adds that she is not invited for cabinet meetings anymore and has not received her House Allowance since November 2018.

She accuses the county government and governor Kahiga of stripping her off all her support staff at the deputy governor’s office in order to cripple her politically and stripping her of dignity and subjecting her to social ridicule.

She names some of the staff transferred from the office as her office secretary and and messenger.
She also claims that attempts to resolve the tiff through phone calls to governor Kahiga and a demand notice has failed forcing her to resort to court action.

She is seeking a declaration that she is being subjected to illegal and unlawful actions breaching the law and the constitution as well as payment of her withheld salary and allowances plus special damages totalling Sh442,107 plus monthly payments for security at Sh15,000.

She also wants the county government to be ordered to pay her general damages for unlawful actions, costs of the suit and interest on sums awarded at 27 percent per annum until fully cleared.
The case was approved for hearing under a certificate of urgency by the Deputy Registrar of the Labour court in Nyeri.

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