In Summary
  • State counsel sought for more time to file a response, saying the issues raised in the suit are weighty and need proper answers.
  • The petitioners want the court to restrain the Treasury CS from implementing the proposal.
  • Mr Sonko says the regulations were not shared with members of the public for comment before being introduced.

The High Court has given National Treasury Cabinet Secretary Henry Rotich and the Attorney-General 10 days to file evidence in a petition by Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko and other politicians challenging the insurance levy on boda boda and tuk tuk riders.

Certifying the case filed by as urgent, Justice Weldon Korir, said there are “weighty constitutional issues raised in the case which call for expeditious determination.”

The case was filed through lawyer Francis Kalwa.

Mr Kalwa told Justice Korir that Mr Rotich and the AG, who have been named as defendants, have not responded to the suit by the city governor and other Politicians despite being served with the pleadings.

WEIGHTY ISSUES

However, a State counsel sought for more time to file a response, saying the issues raised in the suit are weighty and need proper answers.

“The defendants are hereby given ten days to respond to the weighty constitutional issues. The case will be heard July 25,” Justice Korir ruled on Monday.

Mr Sonko, teaming up with Gatundu South MP Moses Kuria, Eala MP Simon Mbugua, former MPs Kalembe Ndile (Kibwezi), Reuben Ndolo (Makadara) and politician Stanley Livondo and Kevin Mubadi, have challenged the requirement boda bodas and tuk tuks to pay insurance premiums to cater for both their passengers and pedestrians in case of an accident.

RESTRAIN CS

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