Vihiga Governor Dr. Wilber Ottichilo risks imminent imprisonment for a term of six months for failing to obey court orders.
Labour Relations Court Judge Justice Mathew Nduma while giving a ruling on a petition by the besieged County Secretary Francis Ominde, contesting a move by the Governor to subject county executive officers on a short term contract of three years.
Nduma raised concern that the Governor has in the past shown a tendency of disrespecting court orders saying that if he continues, he will have to imprisoned.
Meanwhile, the Judge ordered officers who were suspended upon expiry of their contracted term to be issued with stay orders until a case filed by Ominde is heard and concluded.
In the petition, Ominde had accused Governor Ottichilo of contravening the County Government’s Act by subjecting county executive committee members to contracts.
In his submissions, Ominded stated, “The executive has to be fully in office to serve full term the governor is in office, until another governor is elected and has constituted his cabinet.
However, for those who will work against the governor’s manifesto and the county together with poor service delivery are subjected to impeachment by the assembly.
Following the ruling which comes as a reprieve to the county executive committee members who were suspended and those, whose term is almost ending, will remain in office until February 12, 2020 when the case will be heard and concluded.
Ominde has had legal battles with the governor since his suspension, and at one time in February 2019, the same court gave him stay orders which the County government is yet to fully implement.