Activist Omtatah goes to Court to Challenge Constitutionality Of Finance Act, 2019

Petitioner Okiya Okoiti Omtatah-FILE

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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.

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