Court or­ders State to stop killing live­stock in Laikipia

Business Daily (Kenya) - - ECONOMY & POLITICS - Mau­reen Kakah mkakah@ke.na­tion­media.com

The High Court has asked the gov­ern­ment to stop killing live­stock and de­struc­tion of prop­erty in Laikipia County.

Jus­tice John Ma­tivo is­sued the or­der in a case filed by for­mer Laikipia North MP Matthew Lem­purkel and cur­rent county Speaker Le­nas Loshore.

“I find and hold that it would be con­sis­tent with the Con­sti­tu­tion to grant the or­ders as re­quested,” ruled Jus­tice Ma­tivo.

“The fun­da­men­tal duty of the Con­sti­tu­tion is to up­hold the law and I find it de­serv­ing to grant the in­terim or­ders.”

The judge di­rected that the In­spec­tor Gen­eral of Po­lice, In­te­rior sec­re­tary Fred Ma­tiang’i and the At­tor­ney-gen­eral — who have been sued in the case — be is­sued with copies of the case doc­u­ment by to­day. “An or­der is hereby is­sued and is di­rected to the sued par­ties to cease con­fis­cat­ing, killing and seiz­ing live­stock be­long­ing to pas­toral­ist com­mu­ni­ties within Laikipia,” Jus­tice Ma­tivo said.

The judge had ques­tioned why the mat­ter was filed in Nairobi con­trary to a court rule which stip­u­lates that mat­ters be filed at the near­est sta­tion to the vi­o­la­tion scene. “I have read that the cause of this case took place in Laikipia County and the near­est sta­tion is Nanyuki High Court, in my view Mr Lem­purkel and Mr Loshore have vi­o­lated Rule 8(1),” he said.

The judge also wanted them to ex­plain why the mat­ter should not be trans­ferred to Nanyuki but their lawyer, Zakayo Mapelu, said they opted to file the case in Nairobi for safety rea­sons.

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