STATE APPEALS DECISION TO INCLUDE LAWYERS, IPOA AS ASSENTIAL SERVICE PROVIDERS

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The High Court on Thursday directed the government to include members of the Law Society of Kenya as essential service providers who are exempted from the restrictions of the curfew imposed over the coronavirus outbreak, the COUNTY DIARY reported.

Also to be included in the list of “services, personnel or workers” considered essential services is the Independent Policing Oversight Authority (IPOA).

In a twist of event, the government has filed a notice of appeal challenging a court ruling that declared members of the Law Society of Kenya and the Independent Policing Oversight Authority (IPOA) as essential service providers.In the notice of appeal, the government says it is dissatisfied with the ruling made by High Court judge Weldon Korir.

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Justice Korir directed that the government include lawyers and IPOA in the list of “services, personnel or workers” who are exempted from the restrictions of the curfew imposed over the coronavirus outbreak.The order issued by High Court judge Weldon Korir is supposed to be implemented within five days.

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“An order of mandamus is issued compelling the 2nd Respondent to amend, within five days from the date of this judgement, the Schedule to the Public Order (State Curfew) Order, 2020 so as to include the 3rd Interested Party (IPOA) and the members of the Petitioner [LSK] in the list of “services, personnel or workers” exempted from the provisions of the Public Order (State Curfew) Order, 2020,” reads the ruling.

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The ruling was issued in a case where LSK was also seeking suspension of the 7pm to 5am curfew imposed by President Uhuru Kenyatta on March 27, 2020. The court, however, declined to lift the curfew or extend the curfew to 10pm.

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