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List of Cases Okiyah Omtatah has Won

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Busia county senator is now at a very tense situation with the Kenya Kwanza leadership led by president William Ruto. This is after he responded to claims by William Ruto over the allegations of bribery of judges in Kenya. Ruto fiercely attacked the judiciary saying that some of the judges are being bribed to make rulings meant to sabotage the government programs.

Omtatah quickly responded by asking Ruto to stop giving threats to independent institutions such as judiciary. He challanged Ruto to come out and provide any evidence of corruption and bribery of any judge tomake a ruling against government plans.

Okiya Omtatah is a human right activist who vied for the Busia senatorial seat in 2022 elections and won. He vied on the National Reconstruction Alliance party. Before joining politics, Omtatah got involved in several cases defending the rights of Kenyans and many of these cases he won.

Cases Okiya Omtatah has Won

  • Covid-19 Case Against Government

Omtatah filed a case in April 2020 at the High Court to challenge the order by the Ministry of Health that required travelers to pay for their own quarantine expenses in a bid to contain the Covid-19 virus. He won the case in December of same year after Justice James Makau ruled that the order by the ministry was unlawful as per the Public Health Act.

  • The 843 Acres Government Land

He achieved a great victory in August 2019 after he managed to recover 843 acres of public land in Busia county. The land was acquired by government in 1990 from the residents in Nasewa area and was given to Busia Sugar Company for building a sugar company but that never happened. The Busia Sugar Company was later put under insolvency by Mumias Sugar Comapny which ended up claiming the land to recover their over ksh. 100 million. Omtatah won the case and was issued witha new title deed which he handed over to the government.

  • Ruaraka Land Case

Omtatah managed to bar the government from making over ksh. 3.2 billion payment in the controversial Ruaraka land in December 2016 when he obtained an order from Justice Okong’o of the High Court.

  • Importation of Contraband Sugar

In October 2017,he went to court to stop the importation of duty-free sugar, saying it was arrived at without public participation involving all stakeholders in the sugar industry. According to him, the importation would hurt the sugarcane farmers and workers in sugar industry in Kenya. High court stopped the government from going ahead with the importation plan.

  • Recruitment of The NLC Commissioners

Omtatah challenged the appointment of the former Nyeri Town MP Esther Murugi and former Isiolo Woman Representative Tiyah Galgalo as commissioners of the National Land Commission (NLC) in November 2018. He argued that the process was full of irregularities and also that the names were sneaked in by selection committee after failing in chairperson’s interviews.

 

Human rights activist Okiya Omtatah and Chief Justice David Maraga.

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