Kenya National Civil Society Centre wants EPRA cited for contempt of court!

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-EPRA has since sought to explain  its reasons for the upward review of pump
prices saying they were not a party to the suit-

Suba Churchill-Executive Director Kenya National Civil Society Centre/Image Courtesy

 

The Kenya National Civil Society Centre (KNCSC) has  called on the Senator for Busia

County Hon. Okiya Omtatah and his fellow litigants in the case challenging the

legality and constitutionality of the Finance Act, 2023/24 to move to the High Court

with speed and cite the Energy and Petroleum Regulatory Authority (EPRA) for

contempt after the State regulator went ahead to increase the retail price of

petroleum fuel products on account of the Finance Act, 2023 even after the Court

had placed a break on implementation of the law.

 

On the same vane, KNCSC calls on Kenyans who have bought fuel at the reviewed

higher prices to demand and insist on being issued with a receipt to facilitate claims

of refunds that may accrue should the court find, as it should, that EPRA acted with

impunity and in contempt of court by raising fuel prices in total disregard of orders of

the High Court.

 

EPRA has since sought to explain  its reasons for the upward review of pump

prices saying they were not a party to the suit and have not been served with

the court order”.

 

“The Kenya National Civil Society Centre finds it phony, bogus, sham and insensitive

that a State regulator in charge of a sensitive docket as EPRA can still muster the

audacity to claim that it acted in contempt of Court because “we had not been

served with the Court order” in a matter that is of such great public interest and on

which the High Court pronouncement and order putting its implementation on hold

reverberated across the country like a tsunami.” Said KNCSC

 

With Parliament, Constitutional Commissions and other independent offices

apparently compromised by the Executive beyond any hopes of redemption,

Kenyans nonetheless have some hope in the Judiciary as the last arm of government

still capable of standing against the seemingly unending excesses of the

Executive.

 

The Kenya National Civil Society Centre  has urged Kenyans  to support

calls for civil disobedience by the opposition especially in light of the casual manner

in which orders of the courts are also being dismissed and treated with the kind of

contempt being displayed by the Energy and Petroleum Regulatory Authority (EPRA)

in particular, and the government in general.

 

“Ever since the Kenyan Kwanza administration was sworn into office on 13

September, 2022, acts of impunity perpetrated by the regime have been the rule

rather than the exception as it pledged during the campaigns ahead of the 9 August,

2022 General Elections”.

 

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