A court in Trans Nzoia has issued orders barring the interference of activities of officials of an integrated internally Displaced person’s (IDPs) lobby group by a rival group which has been claiming legitimacy.
The Chief Magistrate’s Court in Kitale ordered that the activities of Mr. Raphael Eyanai (national secretary), Lucy Osere (Treasurer Trans Nzoia) and John Musungu (Chairman Trans Nzoia) as officials of the National IDPs Network should not be interfered with.
“I hereby order that Mr. Ayub Kaburu and Anne Odera are restrained from meddling, interfering or in any other manner dealing with the affairs of the above officials,” said Kitale Resident Magistrate Mary Osoro.
The orders come in the culmination of a legal battle pitying two rival factions which have been fighting for the control of the lobby group whose mandate is to advocate for full compensation of its members by the government.
“We are happy with this order because it has elaborated who is validly in office and speaks on behalf of our members. Our goal is not to flex muscles but instead agitate for the rights of integrated IDPS,” said Mr. Eyanai.
The two factions took their supremacy battle to court last year after an election saw the Network’s Trans Nzoia county officials ousted bringing in new officials to spearhead the advocacy agenda.
Meanwhile, the officials have through their advocate also written to recently ousted coordinator Mark Adir to restrain from maligning them through falsehood and propaganda failure to which he will face a contempt of court suit.
Mr. Eyanai said they will keep on lobbying the government to fully honour an agreement that was sealed in 2015 which stipulated that each member was to be paid Sh 200, 000 as compensation.
“The government made a partial payment of Sh 50, 000 to some 83, 891 members while the rest are yet to be captured. We have a membership of more than 181, 000 who also include forest evictees,” he said.