Judge calls solicitor general over Nyong’o payout case
A judge has summoned the solicitor general over government’s failure to pay Medical Services minister Anyang' Nyong'o and others Sh210 million. Judge Philome Mwilu directed Wanjuki Muchemi to appear before court on August 10. Nyong'o and 10 other politicians want court to send Muchemi to jail for disobeying court order by withholding payment of the money.
The order, which is the subject matter of the complaint was issued in November 2011. It required him to pay them Sh210million together with interest with effect from December 15, 2011. Those awarded the money are Nyong'o, Labour Minister John Munyes, Abraham Kibet Chepkonga, Fidelis Mueke Nguli, Joseph Kamotho, Mumbi Ng’aru and George Nyamweya.
Others are Paul Saoke, Gilbert Ochieng Mbeo, Yvonne Khamati and Rose Waruhiu. In an application filed at the High Court they claim the decree was served on the Solicitor General on January 19. They were awarded the money after they successfully filed a case before the East African Court of Justice seeking interpretation of the Treaty for the Establishment of East African Community.
Yesterday, T J Kajwang’ for Nyongo and company requested for the summons saying the integrity of the court was at stake. Senior counsel, Anthony Ombwayo told the court that Muchemi had appointed him to appear in court and there was no point of him (Muchemi) appearing. The order arose from a dispute over nomination of Kenya's representatives to the East African Legislative Assembly (EALA) in 2006.