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After Ringera, House to take on Kibaki over new districts

Updated Sunday, September 27th 2009 at 00:00 GMT +3
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By Maseme Machuka

The Executive is headed for another bombshell from Parliament when it re-convenes, this time on haphazard creation of districts.

President Kibaki, who is grappling with House’s rejection of Ringera’s re-appointment, is set for more unpleasant moments from a Parliament that is upset about the excesses of the Executive.

The House has now moved to freeze funding for new districts as an answer to what was described as Executive dictatorship.

Parliament, which reconvenes on November 11 for the third session, wants funds meant for the districts withheld as a way of "speaking to the Executive to uphold the rule of law".

Parliament’s protest comes as one of the lawyers who had taken Government to court over the issue has filed contempt proceeding over its failure to honour the ruling that declared the new districts illegal.

Mr Nyasimi Momanyi wants Internal Security PS Francis Kimemia and his Finance counterpart Joseph Kinyua to face civil jail for failing to enforce the court ruling.

He said the Executive is unwilling to enforce the ruling by revoking the new districts. "Since the ruling was supposed to be complied with immediately, the Government has shown contempt," said Nyasimi.

If granted, the two Permanent Secretaries will be handed six months in civil jail without a fine option.

Disregard of the law

Early in the month the High Court outlawed the creation of the 210 districts by former President Moi and Kibaki since 1992.

The High Court ruled that the creation of the districts were "in complete disregard of the law".

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