Lamu governor fires CECs hours after being reinstated by court

Lamu Governor Fahim Twaha at his Mokowe office.PHOTO: NATASHA NEMA.

Lamu, KENYA: Lamu governor Fahim Twaha has again fired two CECs he had reinstated just hours after they won a petition challenging his decision to fire them six months ago.

The two, Health CEC Raphael Munyua, and Agriculture and Water Development CEC Florence Wairimu were reinstated on Thursday by the governor himself after the Mombasa Employment and Labor Relations Court directed they be reinstated with immediate effect having found no compelling reasons for their dismissal six months ago.

The two had been fired in April this year and immediately replaced.

A communication indicating that the governor had reinstated them was read at the Lamu County Assembly on Thursday afternoon by County Assembly Speaker Abdu Kassim.

However, in what appears to be a show of might,the governor issued the two CECs with termination letters early Friday morning.

According to a mole in the governor’s office, the two had to be reinstated and then fired accordingly since the court had indicated that their initial dismissal was unlawful.

“When they were dismissed the first time,they went to court and the court said procedure wasn’t followed. So the governor obeyed the court order, reinstated them and then followed all due procedure to fire them for the second time so that there are no complaints as to the mode of their dismissal from duty,” said the mole.

When contacted, Raphael Munyua confirmed that he had indeed been served with a termination letter from the governor’s office.

“I was very happy when I was reinstated thinking the governor had respected the courts. Its however unfortunate that we have been served again with dismissal letters,” said Munyua.

Efforts to reach the governor or the County Secretary for comment on the matter were futile as they failed to pick calls.