Mombasa court lifts Joho ban on registration of new Tuk Tuks

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Mombasa, KENYA: A Mombasa court on Thursday granted a temporal order allowing registering of new Tuk Tuks in Mombasa County.

Mombasa county governor Ali Hassan Joho had earlier directed the CeC Department of Transport and Infrastructure Tawfiq Balala to suspend the registration of new Tuk Tuks with immediate effect.

Lady Justice Chepkwony allowed for the continued registration of new Tuk Tuks pending the hearing and determination of case challenging directive.

“The order is hereby granted as applied by the applicants for the suspension of registration of new Tuk Tuks and continued operation of the same,” said Justice Chepkwony.

According to an affidavit sworn in court by Julius Ogogoh an Executive Director of Commission of Human Rights and Justice, the County Government had failed to give forth any reason why Tuk Tuks should not be registered in the county.

“We have made frantic efforts to have the officers of the County Government of Mombasa reveal the reason for the said suspension of registration on the three-wheelers namely tuk tuk in Mombasa County but in vain,” said Ogogoh.

The organization through their lawyer Maurice Mkan, told Justice Chepkwony that the said ban was affecting commuters who depend on the use of Tuk Tuks.

Mr.Ogogoh said that the Tuk Tuks have offered young boys in the county jobs and they are now engaging in legal earning business and if the notice is effected the said boys would be rendered jobless.

He said the notice would entirely penalize the business of Tuk Tuks and those who have taken loans to purchase the same would not be able to operate them anymore.

“Unless this honorable court intervenes by staying the said action and quash the said decision the commuters and owners of Tuk Tuk in Mombasa County stand to lose the use and ownership of the said Tuk Tuks as a result of the said action,” said Ogogoh.

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