Editor's Review

The High Court has blocked the government’s directive to have 67 police officers suspended.

The High Court has issued a conservatory order suspending the government’s directive to have 67 police officers suspended.

Justice Chacha Mwita while issuing the orders on Monday, November 20 restrained the Inspector General of Police Japhet Koome from implementing the directive following a petition filed by lawyer Danstan Omari.

"A conservatory order is hereby issued restraining the respondents from implementing the directive communicated through the letter dated November 10 by the first respondent recommending the suspension of the interested parties until further orders of this court," the order read.

State House Chief of Staff and Head of Public Service Felix Koskei on Thursday last week directed IG Koome to suspend the 67 officers for allegedly receiving bribes and other malpractices on the recommendation of the Ethics and Anti-corruption Commission (EACC).

File image of Felix Koskei.

However, the officers through Omari moved to court challenging the directive citing violations of disciplinary procedures outlined in the National Police Service Act.

The matter will be mentioned on November 23, 2023, for further directions.

Respondents include; EACC, Koskei, IG Koome, National Police Service Commission, Public Service Commission (PSC), and Interior Cabinet Secretary Kithure Kindiki among others.

Koskei had also directed the suspension of Tanathi Water Works Development Agency CEO Fredrick Mwamati, National Industrial Training Authority (NITA) Director General Stephen Ogenga, Acting Director General of National Museums of Kenya Stanvas Ong’alo and Huduma Centre Secretariat CEO Benjamin Kai Chilumo.

The Head of Public Service further ordered the suspension of Bomas of Kenya CEO Peter Gitaa Koria, Anthony Wamukota, the General Manager of Design & Construction at Kenya Electricity Transmission Company Limited (KETRACO) and Esther Wanjiru Chege, an accountant at KeRRA.