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Kenyans Losing Millions of Shillings in Wanton Legal Representation.
As President Uhuru Kenyatta’s final term comes to an end, we look at the strained relationship between the Presidency and the judiciary. The tiff which began after the Supreme Court of Kenya nullified his national election win on September 1st, 2017 has escalated during his two terms, with the President openly criticizing the Judiciary in public in what many have taken as issuing veiled threats. We look at the many losses in constitutional cases against the government especially during Attorney General, Paul Kihara’s tenure. Some of the decisions which have been declared unconstitutional include The Building Bridges Initiative, formation of the Nairobi Metropolitan Services and creation of the post of Chief Administrative Secretary (CAS) in all ministries among others.
The article- Bleeding Money further highlights the high cost of these litigations and more so in cases where the government has been ordered to compensate. Such cases include the landmark win by residents of Uhuru Owino Village in Mikindani, with a compensation award of Kshs. 2,000,000,000 in July 2020, a settlement which they are yet to receive.
The court cases also looks into land suits and illegal evictions. The cases showed how individuals have colluded with officials from the Ministry of Lands to illegally acquire public lands such as the location where Ngara Bus Terminus and public toilet are situated. In other instances, the government has been ordered to compensate a lot of people and entities for illegal compulsory acquisitions of land. Other notable land issues are the illegal eviction of residents in forests such as the Mau and Embobut forests and others in urban settlements.
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We also have a new piece which will premier tomorrow on our YouTube Channel.
Extra pound features three Kenyan women who open up about their struggle with obesity in an alluring food environment that drove them to make unhealthy dietary and lifestyle choices, sometimes against their wish. While one of them has managed to shed her excess weight, the other two are still swimming against the tide in a culture that promotes sedentary lifestyles and consumption of fatty, sweet and salty food.