Friday, July 11, 2008
NGO Sues Kenya's Public Health Minister for Failing to Bring the HIV/AIDS Prevention and Control Act into Operation
The NGO AIDS Law Project and an AIDS patient filed suit against Kenya's Public Health Minister, Beth Mugo, for failing to bring the HIV/AIDS Prevention and Control Act into operation. The Act is to provide measures for prevention, management and control of HIV/AIDS.
The suit claims that Mugo failed to set a date when the Act, aimed at alleviating discrimination of those affected or infected with AIDS, would begin. The plaintiffs will be seeking leave to apply for an order directed at the minister to provide reasons why she has not set a date for the commencement of the law. Kenya's last Parliament enacted the Act in 2006 and President Kibaki agreed to it on December 30th, 2006. AIDS has been declared a national disaster in Kenya.
The judge ordered that the case be heard on July 24th, 2008.