Kenyan President William Ruto has once again been taken to court regarding his latest state appointments.
Ruto has been appointing allies and confidants to state jobs lately, with some of his pickings being questioned on grounds of the criminal backgrounds of some of his appointees.
He has now been taken to court over his appointment of businesswoman Mary Wambui Mungai as the chairperson of the Communication Authority of Kenya Board of directors.
Activist Julius Ogogoh, in a suit filed under certificate of urgency at the High Court in Milimani in Nairobi, has sought orders preventing Wambui from assuming office over her Sh2.2 billion tax evasion case.
Through his lawyer David Masake, he argues that Ms Wambui has failed the integrity test, adding that she has not met all mandatory requirements of the Kenya Information and Communication Act Number 2 of 1998, and cannot assume the office.
“The purported appointment lacks proper legal backing and this is an abuse of the law and the specific procedures as provided for by the Kenya Information and Communication Act,” his court papers read, as was seen by the Daily Nation.
Interestingly, this comes only hours after Ruto dared those unhappy with his actions, like opposition leader Raila Odinga, to sue him.
Ruto made the remarks while responding to mass action threats from Raila, whom he told to move to court if unhappy with him, rather than organising protests. He promised to accept defeat if beaten.
“It is not bad to take the government to court and my very good friend Eric Theuri did so recently over some appointments I did. If I lose, I will accept it,” he said.