Court orders Matiang'i to add lawyers, Ipoa officers to essential services list

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•The judge noted that the work of advocates is not limited to court work.

Interior CS Fred Matiang'i
Interior CS Fred Matiang'i
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The High Court has ordered the Interior CS Fred Matiang'i to include lawyers and IPOA officers in the list of services and personnel exempted from the curfew.

In his judgement delivered on Thursday, Justice Weldon Korir directed that the ministry should amend the list of essential services within the next five days.

However the court has declined to suspend the curfew as had been asked for by LSK.

Judge Korir has also ruled that police officers unreasonable use of force in enforcing the curfew is unconstitutional.

The judge noted that the work of advocates is not limited to court work.

"They also attend to persons arrested by police" Korir said.

Organisations offering essential services are exempt from the 7pm-5am curfew President Uhuru Kenyatta declared.

Here is a full list of other services classified as essential:

  1. Medical professionals and health workers
  2. National security, administration and co-ordination officers
  3. Public Health and sanitation officers in the county governments
  4. Licensed pharmacies and drug stores
  5. Licensed broadcasters and media houses
  6. Kenya Power
  7. Food dealers, distributors, wholesalers and transporters of farm produce
  8. Licensed supermarkets, mini-markets and hypermarkets
  9. Licensed distributors and retailers of petroleum and oil products and lubricants
  10. Licensed telecommunication operators and service providers
  11. Licensed banks, financial institutions and payment financial services
  12. Fire brigade and other emergency response services
  13. Licensed security firms