The Senate Oversight Fund’s Operationalization has been temporarily suspended by the High Court pending a determination of a case filed by six nominated senators.
Senators Raphael Mwinzago, Catherine Mumma, Tabitha Munene, Hamida Kibwana, Miraj Abdillahi, and Crystal Asige filed a lawsuit against the Parliamentary Service Commission (PSC), claiming they were denied access to the fund.
They contend that all senators, regardless of election method, have a constitutional obligation to oversee county matters.
“The constitution does not distinguish between elected and nominated senators in the exercise of their roles,” reads the papers.
The nominated senators allege in their case filed at the Milimani Law Courts that the commission’s decision to remove them from the Senate Oversight Fund is discriminatory.
The court has ordered the six nominated senators to serve the application on the PSC within seven days.