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Court allows Punguza Mizigo bill debate in county assemblies

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Debates on the Third way alliance party drafted Punguza mizigo bill will now go on after a petition to stall the process was thrown out by the court Tuesday morning.

High court Judge John Mativo dismissed the petition after the petitioners failed to appear in court for the hearing.

Debate on the bill had been stopped by High Court Justice James Makau a week ago.

He also stopped the Dr Ekuru Aukot-led party from presenting the proposals to speaker of the National Assembly Justin Muturi for debate pending determination of suits challenging the process.

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The petition was filed by David Ngari, the argument being the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission made a mistake in approving the 1.2 million signatures supporting the initiative without verification to confirm if indeed they were genuine.

The composition of the electoral body as currently constituted was also put in question by petitioner saying the electoral body lacks competence and technical capacity to admit process and approve the proposed bill as presented by Thirdway Alliance.

Meanwhile, Hearing of the case where Dennis Itumbi was charged with a letter that claimed that a section of Cabinet Secretaries and politicians from Mount Kenya were planning to assassinate Deputy President William Ruto will proceed on the 2nd and 3rd of September respectively.

Milimani Chief Magistrate Martha Mutuku has lifted orders restraining Safaricom from registering Dennis Itumbi’s line after the trial magistrate was told by Itumbi’s lawyer that the Director of Criminal Investigation DCI had written to Safaricom to register Itumbi’s Safaricom line having completed the investigations.

 

 

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