CS Mutahi Kagwe cited for contempt of court in Ministry transfer stand-off


CS Mutahi Kagwe cited for contempt of court in Ministry transfer stand-off
Health CS Mutahi Kagwe addresses the press on the state of COVID-19 on June 7, 2020.

In Summary

  • Ministry of Health boss Mutahi Kagwe has been found guilty of contempt of court in a matter that involved the transfer of two senior officers of the National Quality Control Laboratory (NQCL).
  • CS Kagwe who risks a civil jail term was found guilty of violating a ruling tendered on January 31 that forbade the transfer of the two officers unless due process was followed.
  • CS Kagwe had sought to transfer Dr. Hezekiah Chepkwony and Dr. Pius Wanjala from the NQCL to the Kenya Medical Training College and the Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital.

Ministry of Health boss Mutahi Kagwe has been found guilty of contempt of court in a matter that involved the transfer of two senior officers of the National Quality Control Laboratory (NQCL).

CS Kagwe was found guilty of violating a ruling tendered on January 31 that forbade the transfer of the two officers unless due process was followed.

CS Kagwe had sought to transfer Dr. Hezekiah Chepkwony and Dr. Pius Wanjala from the NQCL to the Kenya Medical Training College and the Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital.

The court had earlier on declared the trasfer letters invalid giving Dr.Wanjala who was to be deployed to the Moi Refferal Hospital greenlight to sue the CS for contempt of court.

The CS been summoned to appear before the court on July 23 for sentencing either virtualy or through his lawyer.

In June, the Ministry of Health legal division accused Hezekiah Chepkwony and Pius Wanjala of failing to develop and implement a disciplinary policy/code of conduct, and conflict of interest, respectively.

The duo was also accused of resisting transfers from NQCL.

Further, Dr Wanjala was accused of engaging in private business while receiving salary as a public officer contrary to the provisions of Article 77 of the Constitution and sections 9, 11 and 12 of the Public Officers and Ethics Act.

The issues go back into 2019 when former Health CS Sicily Kariuki ordered the removal of Dr Chepkwony and his two deputies and sacked the board.

The matter ended up in court, and saw the reinstatement of Dr. Chepkwony and his two deputies in January 2020.

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