Activist Okiya Omtatah wants court to suspend NCIC interviews


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Activist Okiya Omtata. Photo/Courtesy

In Summary

  • Omtatah argues that the interviews intended to be conducted by National Assembly is unconstitutional adding that the interviews are to be done by Public service Commission and the Executive.
  • The vacancies on the NCIC were announced via advertisement placed by the National Assembly, inviting qualified and interested parties to apply.
  • The National Assembly has commenced the process of replacing the chairman and commissioner of the National Cohesion and Integration Commission (NICIC) after term of the current office, led by Francis ole Kaparo expired two months ago.

Activist Okiya Omtatah has filed a suit seeking to suspend interviews for candidates shortlisted for appointment as Commissioners of the National Cohesion and Integration Commission (NCIC).

Omtatah argues the interviews, set to be conducted by National Assembly, are unconstitutional as they are supposed to be carried out by the Public Service Commission and the Executive.

“To the extent that the Legislature is recruiting persons for appointment as commissioners of the NCIC, a function which pursuant to Articles 1(3)(B) and 234 of the constitution, falls squarely under the Executive and the Public Service Commission, the principle of the separation of powers is violated,” reads the petition.

The vacancies on the NCIC were announced via advertisement placed by the National Assembly, inviting qualified and interested parties to apply.

The petitioner further stated that the decision by the National Assembly to usurp the powers of the Public Service Commission, by recruiting person for appointment as commissioners of the NCIC, violates Article 234(2) of the Constitution on the functions and Powers of the Commission.

The said interviews for the shortlisted candidates are scheduled to start  next week on Monday and end on Wednesday 14 November.

The National Assembly has commenced the process of replacing the chairman and commissioner of the National Cohesion and Integration Commission (NICIC) after term of the current office, led by Francis ole Kaparo expired two months ago.

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