The High Court has suspended a Gazette notice that raised fees for a variety of government services, including the issuance of national ID cards and passports.
This comes after a petitioner filed a lawsuit challenging the November 6th gazette notice.
“A conservatory order be and is hereby issued suspending Gazette Notices No. 15239-15242 dated 6th November 2023 and/or any other document purporting to give authority to increase or review the charges/fees/levies specified therein pending the hearing and determination of this Application inter-partes,” ordered Justice L.N Mugambi.
Dr. Magare Gikenyi claims in his lawsuit that the prices for the listed services were raised arbitrarily without any formula or public engagement.
He also claims that the hike will disproportionately affect young Kenyans, making it difficult for them to obtain identity cards.
“That from the foregoing, this action of the respondents will lead to inter alia loss of public confidence and outright abuse of political power to the detriment of many other young Kenyans in the county,” reads the petition.