2023: ‘Hot’ Cases That Will Define The Judiciary

The case filed by Prof Fred Ogolla of Operation Linda Ugatuzi, challenging the legality of Dr. Ruto's project, the Hustler Fund, is at the top of the list

With the Judiciary being the last hope to any aggrieved party to seek redress in any country on Earth where the rule of Law has a foundation, the Kenyan Judiciary, as it has been in the past, will tackle cases that have a significant bearing on the country’s economy and politics. Some of these cases could shape President Ruto’s politics while others may shake his administration to the core.

The case filed by Prof Fred Ogolla of Operation Linda Ugatuzi, challenging the legality of Dr. Ruto’s project, the Hustler Fund, is at the top of the list. Dr. Ruto’s presidency is likely to be defined by the outcome of the case because the fund was his key campaign tool and the foundation of his “bottom-up” economic narrative during the 2022 campaign.

The Competency-Based Curriculum (CBC) is also on the list. Parents and education stakeholders will be watching with bated breath how a three-judge panel handles a case filed by lawyer Esther Ang’awa against the CBC.

Another significant case involves the creation of the position of chief administrative secretary (CAS) in the public sector, which was filed by the Law Society of Kenya (LSK).

The High Court will consider whether the government can be held accountable for the negative effects of climate change and the environment, which have resulted in Kenyans being displaced and losing property.

The Supreme Court will likely rule on the legality of come-and-stay unions. The case sprung from a decade-old legal dispute involving cohabitation between a Nairobi “landlady” and her “agent for rent collection”.

A tribunal formed to investigate Justice Said Juma Chitembwe’s conduct will make a decision on whether he should be retained or sacked, a case that is likely to go to the Supreme Court.