LSK president faults state’s treatment of court orders; criticizes partial restitution of TV stations

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LSK President Isaac Okero has condemned the state for violating court orders
LSK President Isaac Okero has condemned the state for violating court orders

Law Society of Kenya (LSK) president Issac Okero has faulted the government for defying court orders on more than one occasion in the past week. Addressing the press on Tuesday, Okero said the state hasn’t complied with the Court orders concerning the restitution of the media stations that were shut down, and the treatment and availability of NASA politician Migua Miguna. “We have witnessed the state acting in defiance of court orders, including the restitution of broadcasts services,” he said, adding that at the moment the government has acted in partial compliance, given that Citizen TV was still off air at the time of his press address.

He further pointed out that the government hasn’t acted in compliance with Court orders concerning the treatment of Miguna Miguna after he was arraigned in a Kajiado Court, “There is no compliance with the order issued by Justice Luka Kimaru. The state is willfully violating Miguna Miguna’s rights under article 49 by moving him without giving any notice to his lawyers or family. Moreover, in order to frustrate access to him, they’ve taken him to a court station outside Nairobi, and he wasn’t supposed to be availed there,” said Okero. The LSK chair reiterated that the way the state has operated in relation to these issues shows they are violating the constitution.