Former Youth and Gender Principal Secretary Lillian Omollo was on Thursday 22 October 2020 paid Ksh. 1 after Justice Stephen Radido ruled that her dismissal was unfair.
In the ruling, Justice Radido explained that civil servants have a valid expectation that being public officers, due process as envisaged under Article 236 of the Constitution would be observed in the process of their removal from the government payroll.
He explained that Lillian Omollo was not subjected to due process and was not given reasons for her dismissal from the office.
Radido mentioned that Lillian Omollo was only told her tenure had come to an end because her replacement had been found.
“The petitioner was not subjected to due process, nor was she given reasons for the removal from office under the hand of the President. She was ingeniously notified that her tenure had ended because a replacement had been appointed,” he said.
Justice Radido found Lillian to have unexplained wealth hence stated that the amount awarded was adequate compensation for the violation of her rights.
“The Petitioner is awarded a nominal Ksh1 (one shilling) for the violation of her right to due process. Each party to bear its own costs,” Justice Radido ruled.
Lillian Omollo was fired by President Uhuru Kenyatta in July 2018 after she was charged over the alleged loss of Ksh. 9 billion at National Youth Service (NYS).
President Uhuru went on to appoint Francis Otieno Owino as Ms. Omollo’s replacement.
Omollo went on to sue the government through the Cabinet Secretary for Ministry of Public Service and Gender arguing that the case was still ongoing and was still presumed innocent pointing out that she was entitled to half-pay.
In April this year, High Court Judge Mumbi Ngugi ruled that Ksh33 million held in Lillian Omollo and her three daughters’ bank accounts and entities run by her husband were proceeds of crime.
She has gone on to file an appeal against the ruling.