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Members of the National Assembly have urged the High Court to reject a lawsuit filed by Busia Senator Okiya Omtatah challenging the proposed Finance Bill 2024, branding it as incompetent and premature.

Responding to the case brought forward by Omtatah and activist Eliud Matindi, the legislators have called upon the Constitutional and Human Rights Court to dismiss the petition, citing it as an abuse of the court process.

“The petition and the notice of motion are frivolous, incompetent, vexatious, misconceived, and an outright abuse of the court process to the extent that petitioners are challenging a Bill which has not yet been enacted,” stated the MPs.

They argued that the case is premature as the petitioners have not exhausted all available avenues under the Constitution and the standing orders of the House.

Represented by lawyer Sandra Nganyi, the lawmakers highlighted that similar issues raised in the current case have been previously heard and determined by the High Court. Nganyi further noted that the petition is sub judice as the matters raised are subject to an appeal pending determination by the Court of Appeal.

Senator Omtatah aims to halt MPs from deliberating on the Finance Bill 2024, which proposes new taxes. “We seek the court to issue conservatory orders suspending the consideration by the National Assembly, in any form whatsoever, of the Finance Bill 2024,” stated Omtatah and Matindi in their court filings.

The petitioners are also seeking orders to suspend the ongoing public participation on the Bill, alleging that it violates sections of the Constitution and should be deemed illegal and null.

Omtatah initiated the legal action after the Chairperson of the Finance and National Planning Committee of the National Assembly tabled the Finance Bill 2024 on May 13, 2024.

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