In Summary
  • Ms Mwinzi wants the court to consider removing the unlawful condition and protect her from what she has termed as outright discrimination by having her treated differently as well as unfairly.

  • She is appealing to the foreign affairs Cabinet Secretary Monica Juma to simply consider her deployment just like the rest of the nominees to other countries.

The High Court is set to give further directions in a case in which envoy nominee Mwende Mwinzi is seeking to stop legislators from forcing her to renounce her US citizenship before she takes up her new post.

While Justice James Makau already issued a temporary order, directing that the status quo with regards to her nomination to be maintained pending the hearing and determination of the case, the National Assembly is determined to convince the court otherwise.

DUAL CITIZENSHIP

As a result, other interested parties have also expressed interest to participate in the court proceedings in order to fight for the rights of thousands of Kenyans in the diaspora who also hold dual citizenship and who could be affected by the issues raised in the case.

In freshly filed court documents, Ms Mwinzi wants the court to consider removing the unlawful condition and protect her from what she has termed as outright discrimination by having her treated differently as well as unfairly.

She is appealing to the foreign affairs Cabinet Secretary Monica Juma to simply consider her deployment just like the rest of the nominees to other countries.

“It is our submission that Ms Mwende has successfully gone through the vetting process by the National Assembly and what remains is her deployment to the Republic of Korea,” said Prof Tom Ojienda her lawyer.

Prof Ojienda added: “it is the duty of the CS to deploy the successful nominees and we therefore urge this court to make orders that her rights have been violated and that she [can be appointed] to a state office.”

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