ISIOLO RESIDENTS WANT GOVERNMENT TO RELEASE REPORT.

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Isiolo County Government George Kithi with Hussein Jamal a Isiolo resident leaving milimani law courts after he faulted the government’s inaction for failing to present a report on the Meru/Isiolo border dispute in court.

BY SAM ALFAN.

Isiolo County Government has faulted the government’s inaction for failing to present a report on the Meru/Isiolo border dispute in court.

County government and its residents on Wednesday told Justice Lenaola that they have not yet been given an opportunity to go through the report even after its completion.

Justice Lenaola told the parties that since the report has not been tabled the case should just proceed for hearing.

But Kithi said he has to consult his clients first on how to proceed with the case.

The last time the matter was in court, the Judge directed the taskforce appointed by CS Interior Joseph Nkaiserry over the Meru/Isiolo boundary dispute to release its report to Isiolo residents before publishing it.

He gave the 14 member committee 7 days to issue the report to Isiolo County Government following its completion.

The Judge also said the residents of Isiolo should be given an opportunity to go through the report after they argued they were left out in its making

In the case, Isiolo County Government and its residents petitioned the High court seeking to stop Nkaiserry from demarcating the disputed Meru/Isiolo boundary.

It argues that there is no representation of the Communities affected and the said team fails to meet the threshold in gender balance as directed by the Constitution.

According to its court documents, out of the 14 members of the said committee only 1 is a resident of Isiolo County. They say the CS’s acts are not only unprocedural, but also nepotistic, tribal, laced with illegality and tainted by ethnic predilection.

The Meru County Government which was enjoined in the case as an interested party argued the petition is defective and ought to be struck out.

According to Meru Government, Isiolo County Government misunderstood the nature, composition and function of the joint Meru/Isiolo Boundary dispute Committee.

The case will be heard on February 3 for further directions.

 

 

 

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