Court declines to suspend EACC recruitment process

by Counsel John

Employment and Labour Relations Court has declined to suspend the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission’s internal recruitment process of 12 senior management positions.

Justice Bryam Ongaya, instead certified as urgent the suit, which was filed by activist Okiya Omtatah challenging the said recruitment process for hearing during the current court process.

“The application be served today for inter partes hearing or further orders and directions on Wednesday, September 2, as will be listed and called out before the Hon Recess Duty Judge,” ruled Ongaya.

Omtatah sought a temporary order suspending EACC’s ongoing process of filling the vacancies on its secretariat through an internal recruitment process as advertised in its ‘Internal Advertisement’ which closed on Thursday, July 7, pending inter partes hearing.

“Consequent to the grant of the prayers above, the court be pleased to issue such further directions and orders as may be neccesary to give effect to the foregoing orders and favour the cause of justice,” he stated.

According to Omtatah, the internal recruitment process is restricted to its existing workforce, and therefore discriminatory as it excludes outsiders who are eligible, qualified and interested to compete for the jobs.

The case will be mentioned on September 2.

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