In Summary
  • Mr Jonathan Munene has sued Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i, Immigration Services director Alexander Muteshi and Attorney-General Paul Kihara Kariuki.
  • The Kenya Judges Welfare Association is listed as an interested party in the case.
  • Mr Munene wants a 2012 legal notice with the directive quashed and for the judges' benefit of diplomatic passports and use of VIP lounges to be restored by the High Court.

A man has sued the State for withdrawing the diplomatic passports of High Court judges and denying them access to VIP lounges at airports.

Mr Jonathan Munene has sued Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i, Immigration Services director Alexander Muteshi and Attorney-General Paul Kihara Kariuki.

The Kenya Judges Welfare Association is listed as an interested party in the case.

INDEPENDENCE

Mr Munene wants a 2012 legal notice with the directive quashed and for the judges' benefit of diplomatic passports and use of VIP lounges to be restored by the High Court.

He argues the move is discriminatory, a threat to judicial independence and contrary to the law since all judges, regardless of the courts in which they serve, are of equal status.

“Unless this matter is heard and determined, the fabric of judicial independence, rule of law and general constitutional order will be subverted,” said his lawyer Albert Murambi.

He added: “Judges of the High Court have, over time, been denied access to airport lounges unlike their superior courts counterparts.”

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