Wajir trader moves to court to block new Chamber officials from office


Businessman Richard Ngatia who was elected unopposed as the Kenya National Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KNCCI) President. PHOTO/COURTESY


A Wajir businessman has moved to court to have elected officials of  the 47 Counties Chapters of the Kenya National Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KNCCI) blocked from assuming office.

In petition filed in court by Abdirahman Muhumed  Abdille only five chapters did proper elections while the remaining 42 were riddled with numerous electoral malpractices as ineligible candidates and unlisted members were allowed to take part in the polls.

Mr Abdille argues that after a notice to conduct KNCCI elections was advertised in the local dailies for interested candidates to express interest five candidates from Wajir County vying for the third time for positions they held for the last two terms were allowed to participate in the County elections in violation of electoral rules of KNCCI .

“Despite this fact, they were allowed to vie as candidates against the very letter by the Chamber a week before elections disqualifying their candidature on grounds of violation of Electoral rules of M&A of KNCCI,” he says in the court papers.

This according to the businessman created a stalemate and disagreement amongst 349 listed members hence causing chaos that led to abortive elections.

He says the KNCCI national elections took place on 8th June 2019 where he was a candidate for national director for North Eastern region along with another candidate coming from Garissa County.

Abdirahman Abdille a board member of the Kenya National Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KNCCI) who has gone to court to challenge the election of KNCCI national officials. PHOTO COURTESY

However, on Election Day he was barred from participating in the KNCCI national elections after delegates from Wajir County were stopped from the polls.

But now Abdille, he has secured orders barring change of officials from being made for Wajir County until the suit is heard and determined. The orders issued by Lady Justice Kamau have been served to KNCCI , Registrar of Companies and IEBC.

“That an order of prohibition to prohibit the respondent herein from registering any officials/directors of the 2nd interested party based on the sham elections held on 8th June 2019 that may have been forwarded to the respondent by interested parties for registration,” read the orders by Lady Justice Kamau and given to KNCCI , registrar of Companies and IEBC.

It adds, “Any return made on the aborted elections for Wajir shall not be acted upon until the suit is determined.”

The election that is a subject of court proceeding saw new regional directors come into office including Hassan Wario for Coast, Paul Ouma in Nyanza, Baskuone Kiplagat for North Rift  and Jacob Bodana for Upper Eastern.

Others were George Karanja for Central region and Omar Sadique for North Eastern. The rest of the regional directors – Simon Kitheka of Lower Eastern, John Francis Theuri of Nairobi, Rodgers Mulemi of Western and Francis Kimeria of South Rift – were unopposed.

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