The fate of Communication Commission of Kenya (CCK) Director General Charles Njoroge has been sealed following the gazetting of his appointment of his re-appointment by the Kenya Minister of Information and Communication Minister Samuel L.Poghision.
Njoroge’s reinstatement has been at the centre of controversy since three months ago after the board of directors refused to approve his
re-appointment as CCK boss and sent him on compulsory leave. Poghision overruled the board’s decision and reinstated him.
“For the avoidance of doubt, I wish to state that Charles Njoroge remains in office and that as the appointing authority I will proceed to renew his contract in line with the law,” said Poghisiso.
The matter found its way into parliament and the High Court of Kenya with businessman Ibrahim Athumani seeking to have the re-appointment quashed.
Athumani argued that the Minister had ignored the board, and the High Court temporarily stopped the gazetting of the re-appointment until the case was heard and determined.
However, Justice Daniel Musinga last week dismissed the case paving the way for Njoroge’s re-appointment.
The ruling almost coincided with the end of his tenure on July 21.
Njoroge has worked with the CCK for the last 12 years and will now resume his official duties until 2014 when his new tenure expires.
“In exercise of the powers conferred by section 6 (1) (b) of the Kenya Information and Communications Act, the minister for Information and Communication appoints Charles J.K. Njoroge to be Director General of the CCK for a period of three years,” read the notice signed by the minister.
The board had also conducted an appraisal of Njoroge’s performance and scored him below the 70% pass mark meaning he was not in a position to have his tenure renewed.