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Mumo Matemu v. Trusted Society of Human Rights Alliance, Attorney General, Minister of Justice & Constitutional Affairs, Director of Public Prosecutions, Kenyan Section of the International Commission of Jurists & Kenya Human Rights Commission

(2013) JELR 98832 (CA)

Court of Appeal  •  Civil Appeal 290 of 2012  •  26 Jul 2013  •  Kenya

Paul Kihara Kariuki, William Ouko, Patrick Omwenga Kiage, Agnes Kalekye Murgor, Stephen Gatembu Kairu




(1) The historical and political context against which leadership and integrity principles are entrenched in the Constitution of Kenya (2010) leave no doubt that a new constitutional ethos has been called forth. This summon to a new normative order is perhaps the touchstone of our constitutional founding. Its embodiment is the increasing public quest for and discourse on ethics and integrity in governance and leadership. Its other emblem is the emergence of pleas for judicial intervention to interpret, enforce and breathe life to the values and principles that permeate the edifice of our Constitution. One such instance is this case, which arises from the decision of the High Court (Joel Ngugi, Mumbi Ngugi, G.V. Odunga, JJ.) delivered on 20th September, 2012 at Nairobi in Petition No. 229 of 2012. In that case, the High Court upheld a petition questioning the constitutionality of the appointment of Mr. MumoMatemu, the interested party therein, and appellant…

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