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BY JOAN WANJIKU,NAIROBI,3RD DEC 2019-Activist Okiya Omtatah has moved to Court to challenge the constitutionality of Finance Act, 2019.The activist says the right procedure was not followed in passing the bill.
Omtatah,holds that President Uhuru Kenyatta abused his veto powers outlined in the Constitution Article 115(1)(b), by signing the bill despite having reservations for the Bill.
According to the constitution, “within fourteen days after receipt of a Bill, the President shall assent to the Bill or refer the Bill back to Parliament for reconsideration by Parliament, noting any reservations that the President has concerning the Bill.
however this particular bill the President signed it into Law despite having reservations in the proposed law, which has since been passed into law.
Omtatah argues that the fact that Parliament modified the said reservations to limit their application, but not according to the reservations made.
The same bill has seen the National Assembly Speaker Justin Muturi been accused of misrepresenting facts, and misapplying the law by declaring that the Presidential reservation was fully taken into account.