● Justice David Majanja to lead the bench
●The petition was filed by Okiya Omtatah and seconded by Azimio la Umoja One Kenya coalition
Chief Justice Martha Koome has appointed a three-judge bench to hear and determine the Finance Act 2023
Justice David Majanja (Presiding), Lawrence Mogambi and Christine Meori will set a date when the matter will be mentioned for hearing.
The Finance Bill was suspended by Justice Mugure Thande and directed the file be placed before the CJ for directions.
The petitioners, Busia Senator Okiya Omtatah and Azimio la Umoja-One Kenya coalition wants the high court to squash the operalization of the Act saying it was passed hurriedly in parliament without public participation.
They say the Act is bad in law and it should not be allowed to operate as it would affect many Kenyans who are suffering.
The government through Attorney General Justin Muturi had laid preliminary objections to have the petitions dismissed but the same was rejected by Justice Thande on grounds that the applicant had raised weighty issues that must be heard.
The judge consequently extended the conservatory orders suspending the Act until the matter is heard and determined.
By Rodgers Oduor