News 2008


Court threatens to strike out case against VP

- still ignores Indigenous People -

Written By:Nancy Akinyi/Dzuya Walter

Tue, Feb 12, 2008

The Ilchamus community from Baringo District is not giving up in its bid for recognition as a marginalized group that deserves representation in the tenth Parliament.

The community was Tuesday back on the corridors of justice in a second attempt to secure a nomination slot to the 10th parliament.

Barely two weeks after the constitutional court struck out an application where the community wanted the Electoral Commission of Kenya stopped from gazetting the names of nominated MPs, the group is back but with a different formular.

This time, through lawyer Thomas Letangule, the group wants the ECK and all political parties who qualified for nominations to give the constitutional meaning of Special Interest groups and state whether this was followed during their party nominations.

Meanwhile the constitutional court Tuesday threatened to strike out a case filed by ODM Kenya chairman Daniel Maanzo and Professor Julia Ojiambo suing Vice President Kalonzo Musyoka for failing to nominate them to the tenth Parliament.

Justice Roselyne Wendo said that the case was purely civil and there exists no grounds for a constitutional court to determine it.

She instead referred the matter to the civil court for further directions.

Elsewhere Chawa Francise, a Congolese national was charged with obtaining over 2 million shillings by pretending that he was in a position to sell jewels to a businessman in Nairobi.

He denied committing the offense on February 2.

The case will be heard on March 5.