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Sports Ministry suffers a blow after High court suspends Talanta Hela Initiative.

by Robert Guyana

The Talanta Hela Initiative has suffered a major setback after the high court suspended its implementation pending the hearing and determination of a petition filed in court.

High court judge Lawrence Mugambi who issued the orders has granted the Sports ministry 14 days to put their house in order and respond to the petition and application, which shall be its last chance.

“Pending the hearing and determination of this application interparties, an interim orders be and is hereby issued suspending the special issue of the Kenya Gazette Notice 1649(Vol.CXXV No.32)dated February 10,2023 publishing the establishment of the Talanta Hela Council and its Technical Committees and consequent appointments for a period of 3 years effective from February 10,2023”ruled Mugambi.

The order has been issued after a petition was filed by an advocate of the high Court who is also the petitioner Charles Mugane challenging the Sports Cabinet Sectary’s appointment of the Creative Technical Committee.

According to Mugane, the appointments were politically engineered to reward cronies while ignoring qualified Kenyans

“This was a betrayal of the public trust bestowed upon you by the Kenyan citizenry,” Mugane Sports Ababu CS Ababu Namwamba in the petition.

The petitioner further states that the appointments were made in breach of Article 10 of the Constitution.

The Article sets out the national values and principles of governance, including public participation, good governance, transparency and accountability.

Mugane wanted the judge to suspend the implementation of the council and its relevant committees in all the 47 counties.

Talanta Hela was established through a Kenya Gazette Notice No.1649 (Vol.CXXV No.32) by the President in February this year and has two technical committees, one for sports and one for creatives.

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