KULUNDU BITONYE

Pe­ti­tion to re­move him filed

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A pe­ti­tion has been filed in Par­lia­ment seek­ing to re­move the Coun­cil of Le­gal Ed­u­ca­tion CEO for over­stay­ing be­yond his re­tire­ment age. Pe­ti­tioner Anunda Marendi filed the pe­ti­tion on Mon­day. He says Kulundu, who was ap­pointed in 2004, should be de­clared un­fit to hold pub­lic of­fice. Marendi says his con­tin­ued stay in of­fice is un­con­sti­tu­tional.

A pe­ti­tion has been filed in Par­lia­ment seek­ing the re­moval of Coun­cil of Le­gal Ed­u­ca­tion CEO Kulundu Bitonye for over­stay­ing be­yond the manda­tory re­tire­ment age of 60. He is 64.

Pe­ti­tioner Anunda Marendi filed the pe­ti­tion on Mon­day. He says Kulundu, who was ap­pointed in 2004, should be de­clared un­fit to hold pub­lic of­fice. Marendi says his con­tin­ued stay in of­fice is un­con­sti­tu­tional.

He says it is against na­tional val­ues and in­tegrity. “The con­tin­ued oc­cu­pa­tion of of­fice by Kulundu sets a dan­ger­ous prece­dent,” Marendi says in his pe­ti­tion.

In April 2009, Pub­lic Ser­vice min­is­ter Dal­mas Otieno raised the re­tire­ment age of civil ser­vants from 55 to 60 years, say­ing the move would en­sure skilled peo­ple re­main in ser­vice longer.

The Coun­cil of Le­gal Ed­u­ca­tion trains lawyers af­ter their com­ple­tion of an un­der­grad­u­ate de­gree in Law from a recog­nised univer­sity. Stu­dents at­tend the school to be pre­pared for ad­mis­sion as a prac­tic­ing lawyer.

Marendi in the pe­ti­tion says it is wrong for Kulundu to con­tinue draw­ing salary from the po­si­tion. “The con­tin­ued oc­cu­pa­tion of the of­fice is ir­reg­u­lar, ir­ra­tional and un­fair to other Kenyans,” Marendi says.

“The right to trans­parency and non-dis­crim­i­na­tion of all pub­lic of­fi­cers and civil ser­vants to re­tire at 60 years and the rights of Kenyans to ben­e­fit from im­ple­men­ta­tion of key poli­cies is likely to be com­pro­mised,” he said.

Yes­ter­day, Kulundu told the Star he is not aware of the pe­ti­tion. He said he can only be dis­missed by the Head of Pub­lic Ser­vice. “I don’t em­ploy my­self. Ask my em­ployer,” he said on the phone.

Be­fore be­ing ap­pointed the head of KSL, Kulundu served as a lec­turer at the Univer­sity of Nairobi, where he rose to a pro­fes­sor. He also served in Rhodes Univer­sity.

Kulundu is cred­ited with trans­form­ing the in­sti­tu­tion.

/ELKANA JA­COB

Kenya School of Law Coun­cil of Le­gal Ed­u­ca­tion CEO Kulundu Bitonye (in white shirt) and Law Re­forms Com­mis­sion chair­man Kathurima M’Inoti fol­low pro­ceed­ings dur­ing a work­shop at the Ser­ena Ho­tel, Mom­basa, on June 22, 2012

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