High Court declines to lift suspension on the Finance Act 2023

Milimani law courts in Nairobi. Justice Mugure Thande dismissed application by state to dismiss conservatory orders suspending the implementation of the Finance Act 2023./COURTESY

The Finance Act 2023 will remain suspended.

This is after the High Court declined to lift the conservatory order against the Finance Act 2023 on Monday afternoon.

Justice Mugure Thande dismissed the application by the state which sought to set aside the order she had issued suspending the act.

Justice Thande said the state had not given sufficient evidence to warrant the lifting of the orders.

In his application, Attorney General

Justice Thande referred the case to Chief Justice Martha Koome to appoint a three-judge bench for further orders.

Meanwhile, activists protested against the Finance Act 2023 outside Milimani Law Court in Nairobi with some chaining themselves at the court’s entrance.

The petition was filed under a certificate of urgency by Sen. Omtatah just four days after President William Ruto assented to the Bill.

President William Ruto assents to the Finance Bill 2023 at State House in Nairobi./STATEHOUSE

The state had sought the court to set aside the orders saying that government was losing sh.578 million daily in taxes since the orders were issued.