- Matiang’i has suffered a major setback after the High Court stopped the Gazette Notice that outlawed National Resistance Movement (NRM).
- Justice Mativo issued the conservatory orders restraining the CS from implementing the gazette notice pending hearing and determination of a case on the controversial movement.
The Interior Cabinet Secretary Dr. Fred Matiang’i has suffered a major setback after the High Court on Friday, February 9, stopped the Gazette Notice dated January 30, 2018 that outlawed National Resistance Movement (NRM).
Justice Mativo issued the conservatory orders restraining CS Matiang’i from effecting and implementing the gazette notice pending hearing and determination of a case on the controversial movement.
The National Resistance Movement which is an arm of the National Super Alliance (NASA) had been declared an illegal organized criminal group, following its leaders involvement in planning and implementation of Raila Odinga’s ‘swearing-in’ as the peoples’ president which happened on January 30.
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The former Education Cabinet Secretary the declared the group illegal , citing Prevention of Organised Crimes Act 2010. “In exercise of the powers conferred by section 22 of the Act, the Cabinet Secretary, Ministry of Interior and Co-ordination of National Government declares National Resistance Movement (NRM) to be organised criminal group for the purposes of the Act,” according to a gazette notice.
Apparently NRM was formed in late 2017 as a strategy by NASA to push on the preparation and conduct of the repeat presidential election, saying the August 8 general elections fell short of the standards set by poll laws, the Constitution and the Supreme Court. The movement agitates for electoral reforms and boycott of products and services provided by companies suspected to be associated with the government.
However, the Government vowed to launch a crackdown on the individuals who associate with it.The decision led to arrest and detention of Ruaraka MP TJ Kajwang’ and eventual deportation of the self-declared general of the movement Miguna Miguna.
Meanwhile the Inspector General of Police Joseph Boinnet has warned that he will not hesitate to deal with the opposition if they commit crimes, thus the government crackdown is still on.