The High Court of Kenya on Thursday, October 15 ordered Elgeyo Marakwet Senator Kipchumba Murkomen and Nakuru’s Susan Kihika to foot legal fees incurred by the political outfit and other respondents after the two legislators took the party to court.
Murkomen and Kihika not only sued Jubilee party but also the party chairman Nelson Dzuya and Secretary General Raphael Tuju when they sought to overturn a coalition deal between KANU and the ruling party.
However, Murkomen and Kihika later withdrew the case only for the matter to later haunt them. This happened after Jubilee, Dzuya, KANU and Tuju filed a petition seeking compensation for the legal costs they incurred when hiring lawyers to represent them in court.
In his ruling, Justice James Makau agreed with the petition and directed the two senators to pay half the legal fees of all the respondents.
“The first to fourth respondents be and hereby awarded costs at 50 per cent of costs as shall be taxed by the taxing master,” Justice Makau ruled. In their defense, the two law makers argued they filed the case in the interest of the public and that they withdrew the case just after they filed it.
Murkomen and Kihika had just been defrocked from key party positions in the senate at the time they filed the case.
The two senators allied to Deputy President Wiliam Ruto retreated from challenging President Uhuru Kenyatta’s decision to sign a post-election deal with KANU.