In Summary

    ● 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

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