Traders drop suit against Sh1.2bn mi­raa cash re­lease

Business Daily (Kenya) - - COUNTY BUSINESS - Ken Bett kbett@ke.na­tion­media.com

Mi­raa (khat) traders have with­drawn a case in which they wanted the court to stop im­ple­men­ta­tion of a Mi­raa Task­force re­port and re­lease of Sh1.2 bil­lion.

Three traders su­ing on be­half of the Nyam­bene Mi­raa Traders As­so­ci­a­tion (Nyamita) set­tled the mat­ter out of court with all the re­spon­dents and pre­sented the con­sent be­fore Jus­tice Al­fred Mabeya.

The pe­ti­tion­ers in­clud­ing Ki­mathi Mun­juri, Ja­cob Mir­iti, and Naf­taly Kathurima had ar­gued that re­lease of Sh1.2 bil­lion as or­dered by Pres­i­dent Uhuru Keny­atta may not serve the best in­ter­est of mi­raa farm­ers, traders and res­i­dents of khat grow­ing ar­eas.

They had claimed the task force trans­formed into an im­ple­men­ta­tion com­mit­tee without con­sult­ing stake­hold­ers and Meru county, which was listed as in­ter­ested party.

Head of pub­lic ser­vice Joseph Kinyua, Trea­sury sec­re­tary and his Agri­cul­ture coun­ter­part and the At­tor­ney- Gen­eral had been listed as re­spon­dents.

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