- Justice Ogola issued interim orders suspending the directive pending the hearing and determination of a petition challenging it.
- Commission for Human Rights and Justice (CHRJ) sued the county for arbitrary raising of parking fees.
- The case was filed after investors raised concern over indiscriminate increases in taxes and levies.
The High Court in Mombasa has suspended a directive by Governor Ali Hassan Joho’s administration to double parking fees in the county.
The ruling by Mombasa Resident Judge Erick Ogola means that motorists will now pay Sh100 as parking fees instead of the Sh200 which took effect on January 20, after the county reviewed the levies.
Justice Ogola issued interim orders suspending the directive by the devolved unit pending the hearing and determination of a petition challenging the directive.
The judge noted that the petitioner, Commission for Human Rights and Justice (CHRJ), has an arguable case and has raised fundamental issues of law that need to be addressed before the directive is effected.
“The court should not allow the increased parking fees to continue before the substantive issues raised in the petition are dealt with. An interim order suspending the directive is hereby issued,” the judge said.
Justice Ogola further directed the county and the petitioner to file and serve substantive documents within five days. He ordered that the matter be placed before Justice Dorah Chepkwony for hearing and determination.