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Raila’s ODM distance self from Parliament’s housing levy appeal

Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) distance itself from an appeal filed by both houses of Parliament seeking to quash the court ruling on Housing Levy.

In a statement on Wednesday, the party said it’s Parliamentary Group is not party to the appeal seeking to overturn Appellate court’s decision that the levy is unconstitutional.

The ODM party announced in a statement on Wednesday that it’s Parliamentary Group is not party to the appeal seeking to overturn Appellate court’s decision that the levy is unconstitutional.

“It should go on record that the ODM Parliamentary Group and by extension the Azimio la Umoja One Kenya Coalition Parliamentary Group is not party to the appeal in the Supreme Court seeking to overturn the Court of Appeal’s ruling on the Housing Levy. We stand with the people of Kenya on this matter,” ODM said.

This comes after appeal was filed jointly by the National Assembly and the Senate through the Speaker of the National Assembly Moses Wetang’ula.

In the notice, Wetang’ula stated that they will be appealing against the whole ruling rendered by Justices Lydia Achode, John Mativo and Mwaniki Gachoka on January 26.

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While filing the appeal, Wetangula expressed discontentment with the Appellate Court’s ruling, demanding the Apex Court to overturn it.

“The National Assembly and the speaker of the National Assembly being dissatisfied with the decision of the Court of Appeal intend to appeal to the Supreme Court against the whole ruling,” read the notice.

The move comes five days after President Ruto vowed to appeal the court decisions that slapped injunctions on the collection of the Housing Levy and deployment of Kenyan police to Haiti.

Speaking in Igembe Central, Meru County on the same day the ruling was made, the Head of State maintained that the court should have given the government enough time to establish laws that would actualise the housing levy.

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