Court bars President Ruto from revoking Captain Paul Rukaria appointment as KNTC chair.

The Employment and Labour Relations Court has issued temporary orders barring President Ruto from revoking the appointment of Captain Paul Rukaria as the Chairperson of the Kenya National Trading Corporation (KNTC).

The court granted orders on Wednesday, pending the hearing and determination of a petition by Captain Rukaria, which was certified as urgent.

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“THAT Pending hearing and determination of the Application inter parties, a conservatory order is hereby granted, staying and/or halting the application/realization of Gazette Notice No. 1383 dated 6th February 2023, appointing the 1st Interested Party, Hussein Tene Debasso, as the Chairperson of the Board of Directors of the Kenya National Trading Corporation for a period of 3 years, and in consequence revoking the appointment of the Petitioner herein,” reads the court order.

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The court has directed the Respondents and Interested Parties to file their respective Responses to the Application and the Petition within 21 days of service. Former President Uhuru Kenyatta and the Attorney General have been listed as the 1st and 2nd respondents respectively, while Husseine Tene and the Law Society of Kenya are the interested parties in the case.

The matter has been scheduled for mention on March 28, 2023.

Captain Rukaria, a retired KDF officer, was appointed as Chairperson of the State Corporation by former President Uhuru Kenyatta. However, President Ruto published a gazette notice on February 6, 2023, appointing Hussein Tene as the new chairperson, revoking the appointment of Capt. Rukaria.