Simba Arati ordered to appear in court over border dispute

Kisii County Governor Simba Arati and his Acting County Secretary Mr Robert Ombasa have been ordered to physically appear before a Nyamira court over border dispute.

Justice Mugo Kamau of the Environment and Land Court ordered the duo to physically appear in court for the mention of the Keroka Town border row case in which they are cited for contempt.

This followed an urgent contempt of court application against them on March 3, 2024 by Rigoma Ward MCA Nyambega Gisesa.

“Due to the urgency and sovereignty of the issue mentioned in the application and the gravity of the matter, the same will be mentioned in an open court on March 12, 2024 at 10:30 am. All needed parties and respondents shall appear in court physically in person for directions,” reads Justice Mugo’s order.

The court directed that the contempt of court application be served on all parties in the petition, “in addition to the alleged contemnors Paul Simba Arati and Robert Ombasa”.

Any party that shall have been fully served but fails to comply with the order, shall be cited in contempt and shall be liable for imprisonment for a term of up to six months.

The petitioner had asked the court to jail Mr Arati and Mr Ombasa for a period that the court may deem fit over the alleged contempt of court that has allegedly led to a chaotic business environment in Keroka Town since Sunday, March 3, 2024.

Mr Gisesa had submitted that the duo had disobeyed part of the decree issued on February 22, 2024, according to a judgment made by Justice Mugo on February 15, 2024, that was compelling and directing Nyamira and Kisii Counties to confine themselves to their territories in respect to the collection of rents, rates, licences and other statutory revenues.

Through Advocate Justus Maeche, the petitioner noted that peace had been breached in the disputed border Town and that the court should hear and determine the fresh application urgently.

“Traders along the disputed Keroka Town area are being harassed by enforcement officers and revenue collectors of Kisii County,” the petition read.

On February 15, 2024, Justice Mugo ruled that the territories of Nyamira and Kisii Counties are already demarcated and urged each county to confine themselves within their territories.

In that earlier petition upon which a ruling was already made, Mr Gisesa had submitted that traders in Keroka were paying taxes to both counties.

Accordingly, judge Mugo stressed that it is illegal for the market traders to be subjected to double taxation.

“The petitioner being aggrieved by the said actions of the defendants has filed this application in court to seek redress pursuant to its inherent powers to hear and determine disputes relating to contempt of its authority and orders,” the fresh petition continues to read.

Last Friday, Governor Arati distributed branded umbrellas to traders from the ‘Kisii side’ of the disputed border, to protect them from harsh weather conditions.

The orange umbrellas bore the image, name and designation of Mr Arati.

And on Sunday, a contingent of police officers backed by Nyamira County enforcement officers stormed the trading center and demolished the traders’ structures, leading to chaos that made the busy Kisii – Sotik highway impassable for several hours.

The National Lands Commission, The Attorney General, the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission and the two counties of Kisii and Nyamira have been enlisted as respondents in the case and are also expected in court on March 12, for the mention.

The ministry of lands and physical planning, Mr Christopher Nyang’au, Mr Francis Oyaro, and Mr Charles Kiboi are interested parties and will also be expected in court for the mention.

Justice Mugo had earlier determined that the boundary of the two counties at Keroka Town was already known and that it was illegal to subject traders to double taxation.

Nyamira County Governor Amos Nyaribo was in court on February 15, 2024 for the delivery of the judgment.

His Kisii County counterpart, Arati, was represented by his lawyers led by Mr Ochieng Odinga.

“I agree with the judgment and think it is going to enhance peace in Keroka and it is a precedent which would be followed In case of any future engagement of a matter such as this,” Governor Nyaribo had said.

Governor Arati’s counsel, Mr Odinga, on the other hand expressed his dissatisfaction with the ruling, noting that they will challenge it at the Court of Appeal.

AM Live

AM Live is NTV's morning current affairs show that sets the agenda for the day with insightful panels every weekday.


Business Redefined

Business Redefined is Kenya’s premier thought leadership platform for unpacking matters regarding economic and finance policy as well demystifying complex developments in the region’s capital markets.


A collection of our premium content. Diam curabitur vehicula A collection of our premium content. Diam curabitur vehicula

Full Episodes

A collection of our premium content. Diam curabitur vehicula A collection of our premium content. Diam curabitur vehicula

Gumzo La Sato

Gumzo La Sato is a live social issues show that aims to create awareness about issues affecting the larger society. The discussions range from Parenting, Marital bliss and struggles, Oppression, violence, and all matters of the Heart.

Health Diary

Health Diary is a weekly show that highlights different types of diseases/conditions and seeks ways to prevent, treat/manage them. The show debunks this through real life stories and also feature specialists in different fields, to offer medical advice on the same.

Letter To My Younger Self

Letter To My Younger Self is a podcast where guests get to write a letter to their younger self, from which Maxine formulates questions to ask them during the hour-long show.

Mazao Talks

Mazao looks at agriculture and agribusiness

Nation Reports

Nation Reports is a weekly podcast offers an opportunity for listeners to interact with various reporters and journey with them as they unravel the biggest most emotive stories.

One Health Lens Podcast

Discussing health matters and human stories from Kenya and across Africa. We talk big picture from people to policy, ecosystems, and everything in between. Follow us on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/onehealthlens

Paradise Lost

Paradise Lost peeks through the story of Louis Otieno, the times, and everything in between.



Speaking of GEN Z

Speaking of Gen Z brings you entertaining but meaningful conversations about a generation that is trying to navigate through adulthood. Join hosts Michelle, Jackie and Esther as they unravel all things Gen Z.

Sport On

Sport-On is a 30-minute sports magazine show on NTV and 3 hours on NATION FM. The show seeks to give the sports “fanatics” and “funatics” comprehensive and in-depth coverage of sports both locally and internationally.


The extent of technological growth is beyond mere acknowledgment; it has seamlessly integrated into our daily existence. A few years ago, the notion of paying electricity bills through mobile money or recharging with 'tokens' in Kenya seemed inconceivable. Online product sales were considered distant, and artificial intelligence is rapidly reshaping various facets of our lives. Amidst these technological leaps, those with a solid understanding of tech can navigate challenges, seize opportunities, and build a sustainable livelihood. Tech over Show aims to be the platform facilitating discussions among thought leaders, innovators, tech companies, and the government, addressing challenges and opportunities in Kenya's thriving tech industry.


Thamani is a business show which is dedicated to emerging issues regarding micro, small and medium size businesses.

The Politalk podcast

This is The Politalk podcast. Here we look into the ins and outs of everything Kenyan politics. We pull no punches and have no reason to sugarcoat anything that matters to Kenyans.

The Trend

A two-hour-long live show that airs on Fridays. The show focuses on what is current in the entertainment industry, controversial and popular across all media platforms targeting those aged between 25 and 35 years.

The trend podcast

The trend podcast highlights and captures the best of banter from #TTTT segment that airs every Friday on NTV. It's the TTTT EXTRA

The Wicked Edition

The Wicked Edition with Dr. King’ori seeks to address serious issues through humour and relatable wit. It is a two-part half hour show filmed in front of a live audience


A collection of our premium content. Diam curabitur vehicula A collection of our premium content. Diam curabitur vehicula


Twende is a travel show that highlights beautiful, unique, diverse locations, people, and cultures. The show offers fresh perspectives on familiar locations and memorable experiences in new ones.


This Saturday evening lifestyle show lets viewers share their stories and life experiences as openly & honestly for the purpose of shifting the culture of silence.

VIP Access

VIP ACCESS is Anyiko Owoko’s YouTube and podcast show on Music and Culture dedicated to promoting Africa’s most promising talent and creatives. This podcast grants you VIP access into timeless interviews while providing a platform for rising as well as established artists across the continent. Since launching in 2018, Anyiko has interviewed over 70 African music stars.


This weekly news show aims to have all sides of debate but not be constrained by it, listen to main voices in the contest but not allow them to hold the viewers hostage, entertain debate but allow push back with all due respect.

When death do us part

In this podcast, three widowers openly speak about the process of grief, how they found themselves exposed to the emotional turmoil of losing their wives, and how society still does not know how to deal with them.

Your World

Your World is a health, wellness and variety show. It provides a platform for audiences and experts to share their experiences on how to improve or manage health issues, across Kenya and the Africa region.