CS Kagwe risks 6 months in prison for contempt of court

Health CS Mutahi Kagwe was on Thursday found guilty of contempt of court after defying an order preventing him from transferring two officials from the National Quality Control Laboratory.

Kagwe transferred NQCL chief executive Hezekiah Chepkwony and Deputy Director Dr Pius Wanjala on June 12.

Chepkwony was transferred to the Kenya Medical Training College, while Wanjala was transferred to the Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital.

“The deliberate violation of the judgement is evident as NQCL’s Board of Management made efforts to address the issues relating to the two, these efforts are demonstrated by the fact that the Board put up an advertisement on June 6th 2020 advising the media to stop publishing falsehoods against Chepkwony and Wanjala,” reads part of a ruling by Justice Onesmus Makau.

“In its letter dated June 8, it sought to meet the CS for a discussion on the media reports, its mandate, challenges and the way forward but no meeting took place.”

According to Justice Makau, the violation by Kagwe was deliberate and his appeal was disregarded.

The sentence will be heard on July 23, and the minister risks going to prison for six months.

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