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LSK President Havi Wants MPs’ Security, Salaries Withdrawn Following Advisory To Dissolve Parliament

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Law Society of Kenya President Nelson Havi addressing the media at the Institution’s offices in Nairobi on Monday, March 02, 2020. [Courtesy]

Law Society of Kenya (LSK) wants Parliament to be dissolved in 21 days.

Addressing reporters on Thursday, LSK president Nelson Havi said both Houses of Parliament will be operating unlawfully from October 12 following Chief Justice David Maraga’s advisory.

In a letter to National Treasury CS Ukur Yattani, Havi wants the legislators’ pay to stop being remmitted.

He also asked Interior CS Fred Matiang’i to withdraw the lawmakers’ security details once the 21 day period lapses.

Maraga on Monday asked President Uhuru Kenyatta to dissolve Parliament over its failure to enact legislation required to implement the two-thirds gender rule.

Read: Parliamentary Service Commission Moves To High Court To Challenge Maraga’s Advisory

This was following six petitions filed by the Law Society of Kenya (LSK) , Margaret Toili, Fredrick Gichanga Mbugua’h, Stephen Owako, Johnn Wangai, Aoko Bernard and David Sudi.

The petitioners faulted parliament over failure to pass the laws in accordance with Article 27(3) read together with Articles 81(b) and 100 of the 2010 Constitution despite four Court orders.

In a statement, the President of the Supreme Court of Kenya said Parliament should be held accountable for failing the Kenyan people.

“Your Excellency, the two-thirds gender rule is an acronym for the constitutional imperative which prohibits any form of discrimination in the appointive and elective positions in our country on the basis of one’s gender. It is grounded on the declaration in Article 27(3) of the Constitution that Women and men have the right to equal treatment, including the right to equal opportunities in political, economic, cultural and social spheres,” said Maraga.

Read Also: Maraga Asks Uhuru To Dissolve Parliament Over Two-thirds Gender Rule

“Your Excellency, it is my constitutional duty to advise you, the President of the Republic of Kenya, which I hereby do, to dissolve Parliament in accordance with Article 261(7).”

In his statement, Maraga said that National Assembly Speaker Justin Muturi and his Senate counterpart Kenneth Lusaka argued that the six petitions were “incomplete”.

“The Speakers contend that the six petitions are incompetent and bad in law for the reason that no court order was ‘transmitted’ to either the CJ or to the Parliament as required by Article 261(6)(b) .”

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