Mombasa, KENYA: The Mombasa law courts on Monday ordered the suspension of pending cases against Mnazi (palm wine)brewers at the Shanzu law courts.
Through Lady justice Njoki Mwangi,the court ordered the suspension of the cases till the pending case regarding the constitutional legality status of palm wine had been ruled out.
Hundreds of Mnazi traders jammed the court room awaiting a verdict regarding the constitutional legality status of palm wine.
The case which was filed by the Upendo palm wine self help group on behalf of palm wine sellers; is seeking to legalize the consumption of Mnazi in Mombasa and the dismissal of pending cases against palm wine traders at the Shanzu law courts.
The traders are complaining of harassment from law enforcement officers and were objecting to the Director of public prosecutions being enjoined in the case.
Present at the courtrooms were Nyali Mp Hezron Awiti and Kaloleni Mp Gunga Mwinga who after the ruling, called on the government to act quick to solve the Palm wine issue as its crackdown is affecting the economy of the county.
The leaders further accused the national government of turning a deaf year to the pleas of the Mijikenda community; by acting at a near snail pace when it came to the issue of Palm wine in comparison to the issue of miraa traders.
Law enforcement officers have been conducting crackdowns on Palm wine dens ever since the government ordered the crackdown on illicit brew dens in the country.