Court bars counties from passing People’s Assembly motion

November 21, 2017 (4 weeks ago) 8:41 am
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Justice Lilian Mutende issued the order pending determination of a case filed by a lobby group, Counties Development Group/FILE

, NAIROBI, Kenya, Nov 21 – The High Court in Kitui has issued orders barring County Assemblies from passing or implementing National Super Alliance’s (NASA) motions on the formation of the People’s Assembly.

Justice Lilian Mutende issued the order pending determination of a case filed by a lobby group, Counties Development Group.

The court granted the lobby group’s plea to have county assemblies restrained from constituting a Special College for the appointment of election members, delegations and observers of the People’s Assembly.

It also blocked any participation in the People’s Assembly, implementing the motions tabled and moved before the county assemblies.

The hearing of the case was set for January 2018.

On Monday, the Kilifi County Assembly passed a motion sponsored by NASA for the creation of People’s Assembly becoming the 9th devolved House to do so.

Other county assemblies that have passed the motion include Busia, Siaya, Kakamega, Vihiga, Kisumu, Homa Bay, Migori and Makueni County.

NASA announced its resolve to push for formation of the People’s Assembly after the announcement of President Uhuru Kenyatta as winner of the October 26 poll.

The opposition said the People’s Assembly will have a taskforce that will be charged with coming up with suggestions of how to change the Constitution, including the structure of government and the elections regime.

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