Court rules that firing of GSU officer while responding to Westgate attack was illegal

A Nairobi court has ruled that the dismissal of James Mwaniki who was one of the top officers who responded to an attack by terrorists on the Westgate shopping last year was illegal.

Mwaniki who served as an assistant commissioner of police in charge was kicked out of the force on September 26,2013 while he led a team of GSU officers who took on terrorists during an attack on Westgate in which 67 people were killed.

Mwaniki was actuallly sacked on September 3, but he was not informed of the decision until the day of the attack.

Judge Maureen Onyango ruled that it was illegal to dismiss Mwaniki as the reasons given in his dismissal letter were not substantial while directing that he be allowed to resume his job immediately. She further ordered that the government will meet the cost of the suit.


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