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Three  Judge  bench to determine the future of Mombasa Port

The  Court of  Appeal  sitting in Mombasa will on September 26, 2019 make a judgment whether a petition seeking Mombasa  County  to run the Mombasa Port   will  proceed.

A  Three-Judge Bench comprising  Patrick  Kiage, Mohamed Warsame and Agnes Murgor is handling the appeal that arose from a  suit  by three Mombasa  residents.

William  Ramogi, Gerald Kiti and Asha Omar  last  July  sort a declaration on the governance, management, and decision  making  at  all governance levels where there is a natural resource involved.

They  sued  the Attorney General, the Cabinet Secretary of Transport and Infrastructure, Kenya Ports Authority, and Kenya  Railways Corporation.

The  county  government  of  Mombasa, Muslims for Human Rights (Muhuri) and  activist, Maina Kiai are interested parties.

The  petition challenges the agreement that led to the freight and cargo handling activities being transferred from Mombasa  to the Nairobi Inland Container Depot.

In  August 2018, Chief Justice, David Maraga constituted a five-judge bench comprising of Justices Lydia  Achode, Joel  Ngugi, Lady  Pauline Nyamweya, Eric Ogola, and  Antony  Mrima.

The  AG  challenged  the  jurisdiction  of  the bench, claiming  it  was  handling  a  matter  that  ought  to  be  before the  Intergovernmental Dispute Tribunal.

In  November, the  five-judge bench made a ruling that allowed it to hear the matter.

KPA  and KRC appealed.

By  Hussein  Abdullahi

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