‘Occupy Parliament’ serve vacate notices to Speaker

The Law Society of Kenya (LSK) President Nelson Havi on Monday led protests demanding that legislators vacate Parliament Buildings, about a month after Chief Justice David Maraga advised President Uhuru Kenyatta to dissolve parliament.

Havi, in company of United Green Movement’s Jonathan Mueke, went to the speaker’s boardroom to serve vacate notices.

The ‘Occupy Parliament’ movement is a push by the LSK to force President Uhuru Kenyatta to dissolve Parliament as advised by CJ Maraga on September 21 over its failure to implement the two-thirds gender rule.

The LSK’s President has maintained that parliamentarians ceased to exercise their legislative powers on behalf of Kenyans.

Meanwhile, The Law Society of Kenya has filed a petition challenging the new security measures issued by the National Security Advisory Council (NSAC) and approved by the Cabinet on Thursday last week to regulate public gatherings.

Among the measures issued out last week is a requirement that leaders intending to hold a public gathering must notify the Officer Commanding Station (OCS) of such intent 3-14 days prior to gathering.

LSK is seeking among other orders, the order restraining the Inspector General of Police, acting by himself or agents under his command, from seeking to license or holding of public gatherings, meetings and processions, banning, disrupting or interfering with peaceful public gathering, meetings and processions of LSK.

“It is just and lawful that the conservatory orders sought are granted,” reads court papers.

The lawyer’s body has named Attorney General and Inspector General of National Police Service as respondents in the case.

According to the LSK, enforcement and implementation of the directives issued by the security council will violate the rights freedoms of LSK and its members.

 

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