The High Court in Kirinyaga has barred the Ministry of Interior from raiding, closing or interfering with bar businesses in Kirinyaga County.
High Court Judge Lucy Gitari says an application filed by the bar owners association challenging the power of the police and Interior Ministry in the management of liquor business in the Country, raises weighty matters which needs to be ventilated.
She pointed out that it’s clear the rights of the applicants has been violated by the respondents and issued conservatory orders restraining Interior PS or his agents from arresting and closing bars in the County until the matter is heard and determined.
According to bar owners’ lawyer, Ndegwa Njiru their application also challenges the power of the police and extension interior ministry in the management of alcoholic drinks since the function is devolved.
Ndegwa says they also want the High Court to declare the Mututho law null and void saying it’s inconsistent with the supreme law.
Ndegwa said that they will serve the PS, Attorney General, inspector general and county government with the order, warning that whoever will disobey the order will be cited for contempt.
The advocate told his client not to be intimidated and not to allow police in their premises until the matter in court is heard and determined.
The matter will come for hearing on 24/07 /19