Court Awards Former PS Lilian Omollo One Shilling for Unfair Dismissal

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In a ruling that has set social media on fire, an employment and Labour Court judge has for former Youth and Gender Principal Secretary Lillian Omollo to be paid Ksh. 1 for breach of her rights.

Judge Stephen Radido ruled that the removal of former from the government’s payroll was unconstitutional.

“The petitioner was not subjected to due process, nor was she given reasons for the removal from office under the hand of the President. She was ingeniously notified that her tenure had ended because a replacement had been appointed,” Justice Stephen Radido said.

While delivering his ruling, the judge further noted that civil servants have a legitimate expectation that being public officers, due process as envisaged under Article 236 of the Constitution would be observed in the process of their removal from office.

The one shilling compensation was awarded because the court found that the former PS have unexplained wealth and the amount awarded was adequate compensation for the violation of her rights.

Ms Omollo had taken the government to court arguing that she innocent until proven guilty and she was entitled to half-pay, as the corruption case proceeds before a magistrate.

The former PS was appointed PS for Public Service and Youth in December 2015 and three years later she was charged with corruption among other offences.

Ms Omollo also sought general damages for the breach of her constitutional rights and the right to legitimate expectation.

Already, she has filed an appeal against a decision of the High Court which found that the more than Sh33 million she held in various accounts were proceeds of crime.

 

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