Fuel tax: Now ERC, Henry Rotich sued for contempt

Tuesday September 11 2018

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National Treasury Cabinet Secretary Henry Rotich. He has been sued for contempt. PHOTO | FILE | NATION MEDIA GROUP 

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A Kisumu lobby group that secured temporary orders stopping implementation of 16 percent VAT on fuel has now sued the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) and Treasury for contempt.

The petitioners, Sumawe Youth Group, have sued ERC Director-General Pavel Oimeke and National Treasury Cabinet Secretary Henry Rotich.

Justice Fred Ochieng of the Kisumu High Court on Tuesday certified the matter as urgent and ordered the petitioners to serve the two respondents and the attorney-general.

The case will be mentioned on September 12, the same day the case filed in Bungoma will be heard at the Kisumu High Court.

On Tuesday, lawyer Ken Amondi for the petitioners told Justice Ochieng that immediately Justice Riechi of Bungoma High Court gave orders, they duly served ERC.

“The ERC director has confirmed in the press that he has knowledge of the order through scanned copies,” said Mr Amondi in court.