Yesterday, July 23, Daily Nation reported that that a group seeking to have their transgender status recognized in Kenya has won a major legal battle. The Non-Governmental Organizations coordination board allegedly refused to register an advocacy group for transgender people, Transgender Education and Advocacy (TEA), arguing that it could not recognize the group’s members since the names they had submitted for registration were not the ones reflecting their gender. A high court judge has now ordered the registration.
The article says that Justice George Odunga criticized the board for declining to recognize the group, whose members had sued for discrimination and violation of their fundamental human rights. It quotes him as saying that the board’s refusal to register the group amounted to a failure in discharging statutory functions and mandate and “was unfair, unreasonable, unjustified and in breach of rules of natural justice”.
Odunga is also said to have ordered the board to compensate Ms Audrey Mbugua, Ms Maureen Muia and Ms Annet Jennifer the cost of the three-year litigation, saying the Constitution upheld the individuals’ rights to assembly and cannot be deterred on grounds of gender orientation. (from Sogi News)