SAY IT IS UNLAWFUL

LSK challenges decision by state to ban private importation of vaccines

Say decision by Kagwe to ban private sector importation of vaccines is unlawful.

In Summary

• LSK wants the court to bar the implementation and enforcement of the decision made by Kagwe last week banning the importation of vaccines.

• They further want the court to suspend the decision to cancel the licenses of the entities who were importing and administering the vaccine to the public.

Boxes containing doses of AstraZeneca vaccines inside a cold room at the National Vaccine Depot in Kitengela on March 4.
Boxes containing doses of AstraZeneca vaccines inside a cold room at the National Vaccine Depot in Kitengela on March 4.
Image: ANDREW KASUKU

The Law Society of Kenya has moved to court challenging the decision by the state to ban the importation of Covid-19 vaccines by the private sector.

In a petition filed in court, LSK argues that the decision by Health CS Mutahi Kagwe to ban private sector importation and distribution of vaccines is unlawful.

“The banning of the importation of vaccines is challenged because such a decision cannot be made when the vaccination capacity of the government is 30 per cent of the population of Kenya,” reads court documents.

Through their President Nelson Havi, the society wants the court to bar the implementation and enforcement of the decision made by Kagwe last week banning the importation of the vaccines.

They further want the court to suspend the decision to cancel the licenses of the entities who were importing and administering the vaccine to the public.

LSK is also seeking to lift the rules on lockdown issued by the President on March 26 saying the public order is illegal.

“The public order made by the president on March 26 is impugned on the grounds that the same is not founded upon any provision of law, is unlawful, unconstitutional is inconsistent which violates and contravenes the constitutions of Kenya,” Havi argues.