A judge has summoned Transport Cabinet Secretary Kipchumba Murkomen over the failure of the government to construct toilets along highways for use by travelers as ordered by the court three years ago.
Justice Oguttu Mboya of the Environment and Lands Court Nairobi on Monday directed the Cabinet Secretary to ensure compliance with the orders issued on January 16, 2020, and appear in person in court on September 20, 2023, to explain the status.
The order required the CS to constitute and chair a team that would include representatives from the council of governors (COG), Kenya National Highways Authority, Kenya Rural Roads Authority, and Kenya Urban Roads Authority.
The working group was supposed to formulate the policy for the provision of toilets and other sanitation facilities along highways to give effect the right to a clean and healthy environment along the highways. At the time the Cabinet Secretary in charge of transport and roads was James Macharia.
The orders stemmed from a public interest petition filed by lawyer Adrian Kamotho Njenga in the enforcement of Article 42 of the Constitution, which “entitles every citizen the right to reasonable standards of sanitation and the right to clean and healthy environment”.
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