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Court Throws out Koroga Festival Case

The organizers of this year’s Koroga Festival are free to stage the event inside Hell’s Gate National Park on Friday after the High Court threw out an application seeking to block it.

Justice John Mutungi ruled Wednesday that the Nakuru Environment and Land Court did not have jurisdiction to hear the petition filed by the WildlifeDirect against the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) and the Naivasha Love Festival.

That clears the last hurdle for the Koroga Festival that is planned to run for two days at Hell’s Gate National Park, Naivasha.

The conformists have been up in arms against the KWS for allowing organisers of the music festival to host the fete, saying the park had sites designated for hosting such events.

Dr Paula Kahumbu, chief executive officer at WildlifeDirect said upon losing the case.He appealed to the organisers to look for “a more suitable and environmentally friendly venue” elsewhere.

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Timothy Omondi