By Farah Adan
The four bus companies from North Eastern Kenya whose accounts were frozen by the government over allegations of financing Al-Shabaab have gone to court to clear their names.
E-coach, G-Coach and City to City bus companies have sued the Insurance Regulatory Authority, its CEO Sammy Makove and Invesco Insurance over withdrawal of their insurance covers. The three ply the Nairobi – Garissa route.
Their co-accused Sabrin Bus Services Limited which plies all the routes in the region except Wajir-Mandera has sued the Interior Principal Secretary and Central Bank of Kenya over cancellation of its license and freezing of accounts.
The bus companies featured in the list of prominent individuals, money transfer companies, NGOs and travel and hospitality companies blacklisted by the government in the wake of the Garissa University attack.
Withdrawal of their licenses, insurance covers and freezing of their bank accounts means that they cannot be in business legally.
A spot check by Nepjournal shows that the affected buses were still operating.