ONE of the organisers of the aborted Limuru meeting has sued the government seeking compensation for the cancelled meeting. In a suit certified urgent, Ngunjiri Wambugu wants the court to declare the cancellation of the meeting a violation of his constitutional rights to freedom of expression.
Also sought by Wambugu is compensation for the loss suffered due to the cancellation of the meeting. He says in the suit papers that he spent Sh453,000 in organising the meeting which he says was advocating for nationalism approach instead of tribalism in electing leaders in the 2013 elections.
He had initially sued Central PPO John Kaua M'Bijiwe, Limuru DC Esther Maina, Joshua Ligala (OCPD Kiambu West) and Job Njiru (OCS Tigoni police) as respondents but Justice David Majanja directed him to join the Attorney General and the Police Commissioner.
Wambugu further wants the senior police officers and the DC declared unfit to hold public office because of breaching the constitution. He says the police have an obligation to observe, respect, protect and defend rights and fundamental freedoms in the Bill of Rights.
He said the meeting, dubbed Limuru 2B was necessitated by an earlier meeting held on March 23 attended by several members of the Kikuyu, Embu and Meru communities.
At that meeting, he alleges, a decision to support Uhuru Kenyatta as presidential candidate in the next general election was reached. He believes the meeting was intended to usurp individual political rights of members of the three communities and posed a threat to national cohesion.
As a result he agreed with other Kenyans among them retired Arcbishop David Gitari and MP Gitobu Imanyara to hold another meeting to preach national unity and patriotism, he says.
He said all went well until April 17 when he was informed by the authorities that their meeting scheduled for April 18 had been cancelled for 'security reasons' Justice Majanja directed him to serve the AG with the court papers ahead of the hearing on May 14.