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Blow to President Uhuru Kenyatta as court rules ban on public gatherings unlawful

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President Uhuru Kenyatta

The High Court has quashed directives given by the National Security Advisory Committee (NSAC) banning public gatherings and political rallies in the country in order to combat the spread of Covid-19, dealing another blow to President Uhuru Kenyatta‘s administration.

In his ruling issued Wednesday, Justice Anthony Mrima said that the directives by NSAC prohibiting public gatherings, meeting and processions in the name of combating the spread of Covid-19 and containing the weaponisation of public gatherings are unlawful and unconstitutional.

He added that the directives violate the Constitution for directing law enforcement officers on how to discharge their duties.

The judge also prohibited the Inspector-General of Police Hillary Mutyambai or his officers from enforcing the directives issued by the NSAC on October 7, 2020 and ratified by the Cabinet the following day.

Part of the directives required convenors or any person intending to hold a public meeting or a procession to notify the Officer Commanding Station (OCS) of such intent, at least three days in advance but not more than 14 days before the proposed date of the public meeting or procession.

In other news – Jimmy Wanjigi meets Nairobi ODM party leaders to seek their support

Presidential aspirant Jimi Wanjigi on Wednesday took his grassroots campaigns to Nairobi where he met ODM party leaders to lobby for their support.

Jimmy Wanjigi

Wanjigi is expected to battle it out for the ODM presidential ticket with Raila Odinga and governors Wycliffe Oparanya (Kakamega) and Hassan Joho (Mombasa). Learn more

Source: nation

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