The Employment and Labour Relations court in Nyeri has issued a warrant of arrest against Embu governor Martin Wambora, County Secretary Jason Nyaga, the Finance and Economic Planning Executive John Njagi and his Chief Officer Ruth Ndirangu.
This is after the four failed to appear before Justice Njagi Marete for sentencing following a ruling issued last Thursday, found them in contempt of court for failing to remit the Kenya County Government Workers’ Union statutory fees despite the existing court order issued on December 1, 2020 instructing them to do so.
The judge ordered the OCS Nyeri Police station to effect the arrest of the four after they failed to appear in court.
In his ruling last week, the judge found the dispute to be a case of contempt of court and noted that that the chaos was caused by the county government’s reluctance in meeting a legal obligation of deducting, collecting and remitting union fees of Sh500 per member.
“Further, I find that this matter has long been protracted and it is merely an ugly display of back and forth between the union and employer over non-issues,” said the judge.
“The case will continue on March 17 for a review of the progress,” said Justice Marete in his orders today.