Court to rule on jurisdiction in Ekeza Sacco lawsuit in April


The employment and labour relations court will deliver its ruling on whether it has jurisdiction to hear the Ekeza Sacco law suit on 17th April.

Trial magistrate Isaac Orenge gave the date after the hearing of the issue of jurisdiction.
The Sacco’s chairperson David Kariuki Ngari alias Gakuyo through lawyer Samuel Mburu moved to court seeking orders restraining the Commissioner of cooperatives from interfering with the management of the Sacco.
However, through lawyer DuncanĀ  Okatch for the proposed new management team, the respondents raised a preliminary objection over matters of jurisdiction.
They argued that the Chief Magistrate’s court has no jurisdiction to hear the suit before it.
Mburu submitted that the court has jurisdiction to hear and determine the matter.
He argued that the respondents failed to demonstrate that they will suffer any prejudice should the Magistrate Orenge hear the suit.
The court heard that the application lacks merit and should be dismissed with costs.
After the parties submitted, lawyer Okatch requested that the court issues stay orders pending the ruling.
The Magistrate declined to issue the stay on grounds that he is not aware of the status quo on the ground.
In the case, some sacco officials including Gakuyo filed a petition stopping the Commissioner of cooperative development from interfering with their management through lawyer Dunstan Omari.
Senior Resident Magistrate Maryanne Murage restrained Commissioner of Co-operative Development from removing from office the management committee of Ekeza Savings and credit corporative Limited pending inter partes hearing of the suit.
The Commissioner has also been temporarily barred from installing new management Committee at Ekeza Sacco Ltd.