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BY EURIDICE NZIOKA,NAIROBI,19TH FEB 2019-Seven opposition leaders who include members of parliament have gotten reprieve after the High Court in Nairobi temporarily lifted the government decision to suspend their passports.The leaders include NASA strategist David Ndii, Siaya Senator James Orengo and businessman Jimi Wanjigi.
Judge John Mativo issued the order pending the hearing of a case filed by the seven leaders over suspension of their passports.
While granting the orders, Justice Mativo directed the matter be filed and served upon the respondents who were also ordered to appear for an inter-party hearing on Monday, February 26, 2018.
Other opposition figures seeking restoration of their passports in the case include political scientist Dr. Adams
Oloo, Lawyer Paul Mwangi, Dagoretti North MP Simba Arati and Henry Mien, a member of the NASA strategy team.
They have named Immigration Director Gordon Kihalangwa and Interior Cabinet Secretary Dr. Fred Matiang’i as respondents in the case.
In the petition filed at the Milimani Law courts, the leaders argue that the government action to suspend their passports is “unreasonable, grossly heavy handed and unjustified in an open democratic society.”
“Our rights and freedom including association, expression and equal protection of law and right to a passport have accordingly been grossly infringed and threatened without lawful justification,” reads the petition.
The leaders also asked the court to issue a mandatory order compelling the government to reinstate the confiscated passport of Henry Mien.
“Conservatory orders be issued restraining the respondents by themselves or agents from implementing and in any way effecting their decisions to suspend the petitioner’s passports or from interfering with our rights to movement in and out of the county,” read the petition.