Court censures golf club over discriminatory rules

March 12, 2014 5:56 pm
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The judge dismissed the argument that other clubs have similar laws saying they are discriminative and against the supreme law of the land - the Constitution/COURTESY
The judge dismissed the argument that other clubs have similar laws saying they are discriminative and against the supreme law of the land – the Constitution/COURTESY
NAIROBI, Kenya, Mar 12 – The High Court has reinstated three ladies kicked out of the Limuru Country Club and quashed the club’s by-laws terming them discriminatory and unconstitutional.

Justice Mumbi Ngugi at the same time ordered the golf club’s directors to individually pay the legal costs of the case.

Rose Mambo, Caroline Ngugi and Martha Vincent had through lawyer Philip Murgor sued the club’s board of directors for kicking them out of the organisation’s membership after they had objected to a by-law barring them from participating in club elections.

The three had complained that they were victimized for objecting to a male ego-driven culture that had been practiced at the club.

In her judgment Justice Mumbi Ngugi said stripping the ladies off their membership and blocking them from voting was undemocratic in this modern time.

“Private members’ clubs, businesses and individuals were bound by the Constitution and must promote fair, lawful and level playing ground for both genders,” Justice Ngugi ruled.

“A resolution to exclude female members in the golf committee was null and void and that the expelled members are reinstated with all the attendant benefits.”

The judge dismissed the argument that other clubs have similar laws saying they are discriminative and against the supreme law of the land – the Constitution.

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