, KISUMU, Kenya, Oct 6 – Interim orders barring the biometric registration of civil servants in six counties in Western Kenya remains in force as the case failed to kick off on Monday.
Kisumu Industrial Court Judge Hellen Wasilwa extended the order after the defendants’ lawyer said he was not ready to proceed.
Justice Wasilwa has now set November 4 as the hearing date of the petition.
Wasilwa also gave five days to the petitioners’ lawyer Geoffrey Yogo to amend his papers, and 14 days to the defendants’ lawyers to respond.
Yogo says he intends to add more counties to the petition but did not reveal the exact number he intends to add to the initial six.
He explained that the petition is only targeting county government workers and not national government workers.
Speaking to the press in Kisumu after the court session, Yogo said the national government can proceed with the exercise.
Deputy Chief State Counsel for the Attorney General and the Ministry of Devolution Josphat Maroro says they will have 14 days to respond to the petition after it has been amended.
The Judge on Wednesday last week stopped the exercise in Kisumu, Kakamega, Bungoma, Busia, Trans Nzoia and Migori counties until a case filed by the Kenya County Workers Union is heard and determined.