Embu High Court halts Muguka ban in Mombasa, Kilifi

By , K24 Digital
On Tue, 28 May, 2024 18:42 | 2 mins read
Embu High Court. PHOTO/Brian Malila

The Embu High Court has issued conservatory orders halting the implementation of Executive Order No. 1 which sought to ban the sale of Muguka in Mombasa and Kilifi counties.

The orders were handed down by Justice Lucy Njunguna in response to a legal challenge mounted by various stakeholders.

The case has been filed in court by Kutherema Muguka Sacco, the Embu County Assembly, farmer Benjamin Njeru Joshua, and the Embu County Government.

They were seeking judicial intervention to prevent the enforcement of the controversial ban, arguing it would have devastating effects on Muguka farmers and traders.

In the order, Justice Njunguna said that the ban will remain halted until all parties involved reach an agreement.

This decision is a temporary relief for Muguka farmers and traders, whose businesses had already begun to feel the adverse effects of the ban.

"It is hereby ordered that pending interprets hearing and determination of this application a conservatory order be and is hereby granted restraining and /or stopping the respondent and or its agents from effecting, implementing and or enforcing executive order number 1 issued on 22nd May 2024 by the 1st respondent and the 2nd and the 3rd respondent to last until 8th July 2024 when the application shall be heard interprets, part of the order read.

The court ordered the application to be served upon the respondent within seven days from today.

Muguka farmers and traders hailed the decision as a significant victory for the farmers, who rely heavily on muguka for their livelihoods.

Mugo Mate, Chairman of the Kenya National Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Embu, expressed his satisfaction with the court's decision, emphasizing that muguka traders can now go on with their business without fear of legal repercussions.

Mate highlighted the importance of muguka to the local economy, stating that the crop supports thousands of families and is integral to the region's financial stability.

The controversy surrounding muguka stems from concerns raised by coastal counties about the crop's impact on public health and social order.

Despite these concerns, Embu farmers argue that muguka is a vital part of their economy and cultural heritage. They believe that rather than imposing a ban, a more balanced approach should be adopted to address the issues without undermining their livelihood.

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