The courts, one of Kenya's main institutions for making decisions, will be essential this year since some of the issues that judges decide on will have a huge impact on the economy and politics of the nation. Some people have the power to influence and destabilize President William Ruto's government.
1.Competency-based curriculum (CBC)
Parents and education stakeholders will be anxiously awaiting the outcome of the case brought by attorney Esther Ang'awa against the CBC. She says that CBC is too pricey for parents to afford. The bench is made up of Justices Hedwig Ongundi, Anthony Mrima, and Anthony Ndung'u.
Ms. Ang'awa requested the dissolution of CBC in her lawsuit, which she filed in September 2021. She eventually withdrew from the lawsuit after alleging that the previous administration had unfairly characterized her, and Nelson Havi, a former president of the Law Society of Kenya, is now prosecuting the case.
2. Hustler Fund
Prof. Fred Ogolla of Operation Linda Ugatuzi filed a lawsuit contesting the legitimacy of Dr. Ruto's favorite initiative, the Hustler Fund. Since the fund was a crucial campaign promise and the cornerstone of Dr. Ruto's "bottom-up" economic growth philosophy, the case's conclusion is likely to define Dr. Ruto's presidency.
The Hustler Fund is alleged to be illegally being funded on 15 grounds, one of which is that the government has not yet named a board of directors or chief executive officer to oversee the Hustler Fund. This, according to Prof. Ogolla, is in violation of the 2022 Public Finance Management (Financial Inclusion Fund) Regulations.
3.Monicah Kimani's assassination
The court is expected to rule on the murder charges brought against journalist Jacqueline Maribe and Joseph Irungu alias Jowie in the death of businesswoman Monicah Kimani. She was murdered on September 19, 2018, at the Lamuria Gardens Apartment in Kilimani, Nairobi. She'd flown in from Juba, South Sudan, where she ran a family business.
4. Kenya Airways pilots' strike
The issue between Kenya Airways, a state-owned carrier, and its 400-member Kenya Airline Pilots Association is still pending at the Labour court (Kalpa).
The pilots' decision to lay off staff was prompted by a report that the airline had abruptly suspended both employer and employee contributions to the Provident Fund. They also have complaints about rules not being followed, CBA violations, and problems with leadership and governance.
5.Chief Administrative Secretary's Office (CAS)
Another significant case involves the Law Society of Kenya's application for the establishment of CAS positions in the public sector (LSK).
The Employment and Labour Relations Court is expected to rule on the legality of the position. The case is critical for the political class because a slew of poll losers are said to be eyeing the positions after being passed over for other lucrative jobs such as Cabinet and Principal Secretaries.
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