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Women MPs' fund account 'still frozen'

By Kamau Muthoni | Dec 30th 2015 | 1 min read

Employees of the newly formed Affirmative Action Social Development Fund (AASDF) Board will spend their holiday without the December salary after the High Court declined to lift orders that barred the National Treasury from disbursing monies to the kitty.

Judge Joseph Onguto refused to review his orders that tied off Sh2 billion from the 47 women legislators elected on affirmative action in the 2013 elections noting that they will not suffer if the orders are not lifted.

The Government through Attorney General Githu Muigai wanted the orders lifted, arguing that the money had already been allocated for use, some of which had already been issued as bursaries and some for buying cars for the woman reps.

"It is unfortunate that the employees will have to suffer the consequences," Justice Onguto said adding that the application for review will have to be heard when the court opens for the new term.

Onguto froze all the bank accounts of the fund and its county committees will remain frozen until the outcome of a petition lodged by Institute for Social Accountability (ISA) is determined.

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