Apex Court dismisses Omtatah’s appeal on Finance Act ruling
The Supreme Court has dismissed Busia Senator Okiya Omtatah’s motion challenging High Court’s ruling ruling that lifted the suspension on the Finance Act.
Seven judges headed by Chief Justice Martha Koome dismissed the petition taken to court on September, 8.
The events leading to the motion by Omtatah are centered around the annual national budgetary process for the 2023/2024 fiscal year, with a specific focus on the enactment of the Finance Act, 2023 (referred to as “the Act”), which outlines the revenue-raising measures for the National Government.
In response to these developments, the applicants jointly filed a petition in the High Court, known as HC Petition No. E181 of 2023, on May 31.
This petition was initiated to challenge the constitutionality and validity of the Finance Bill, 2023 (referred to as “the Bill”), which preceded the Act.
However, a significant turn of events occurred before the petition could be heard in court.
On June 21, the Bill was passed by the National Assembly.
Subsequently, on June 26, the President granted assent to the Bill, thereby transforming it into the Act.