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High Court suspends move to increase fee for gov’t services

The High Court has on Thursday suspended plans to increase the prices on a number of government including the National Identity (ID).

Issuing the orders was Justice L.N Mugambi who noted that the new charges will remain on hold until when a case before them is heard and determined.

“A conservatory order be and is hereby issued suspending Gazette Notices No. 15239-15242 dated 6th November 2023 and/or any other document purporting to give authority to increase or review the charges/fees/levies specified therein pending the hearing and determination of this Application inter-partes,” he said

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According to the petitioner Dr. Magare Gikenyi, the new proposals were effected without any public participation whatsoever.

He continued by saying that the changes will also impact the youth as they will not be able to apply for new IDs thus missing out on employment opportunities.

“That from the foregoing, this action of the respondents will lead to inter alia loss of public confidence and outright abuse of political power to the detriment of  many other young Kenyans in the county,” he said

In the new proposals, the cost of replacing a lost ID has hiked from Ksh 100 to Ksh 1,000 and one will have to pay Ksh 1,000 to get a new ID, a service that was initially free of charge.

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