Court bars Gov’t from interfering with Sonko Rescue Team’s Covid-19 response operations


Court bars Gov't from interfering with Sonko Rescue Team's Covid-19 response operations
Sanitizer booth set up by the Sonko Rescue Team at Kencom bus termini in Nairobi. PHOTO| COURTESY

The High Court has temporarily barred the government from interfering with the Sonko Rescue Team’s operations of distributing free sanitizers and other food items in the fight against Covid-19.

The order was issued on Tuesday pending the hearing and determination of a case where the Sonko Rescue Team has sued Interior Ministry CS Fred Matiang’i, PS Karanja Kibicho and IG Hilary Mutyambai over the destruction and removal of its sanitizer booths set up at various locations in Nairobi to contain the spread of the coronavirus.

“Pending the hearing and determination of this Notice of Motion, a Conservatory Order do issue, by way of an injunction to forthwith restrain the 1st, 2nd, 4TH Respondent and the 5th Respondent by themselves, their officials, or any person, servant, and/or agent of the 1st, 2nd, 4th and 5th Respondents, acting under or at their behest, from interfering with the charitable non-profit functions of the Petitioner including free distribution of the items specified in paragraph 18 and 22 of the Petition herein,” reads the order.

Kibicho and Matiang’i have been listed as 1st and second respondents while Health CS Mutahi Kagwe, Nairobi Regional Security Commissioner Wilson Njenga, Inspector General of Police Hilary Mutyambai and the Attorney General as 3rd, 4th and Fifth respectively.

In the court documents, the Sonko Rescue Team claims it has incurred a loss of Ksh.5 million following the destruction which it says were were installed at a cost of Ksh.400,000 each, adding that the National Government is sabotaging charitable efforts.

Through lawyer Harrison Kinyanjui, the team has accused Kagwe together with Nairobi Regional Security Commissioner Wilson Njega of interfering with the charitable works meant to fight the spread of COVID 19.

According to the court documents filed Tuesday, sanitizer booths brought down were installed at Kencom Bus Stop, Buruburu shopping Centre and Kibera slum.

Others sanitizer booths have been installed at KNH, Greenspan Estate, Mathare and Korogocho.

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