Transgender Education and Advocacy, a group in which Audrey Mbugua is active, have sued the government for refusing to register the group as an international NGO. Through lawyer Colbert Ojiambo, they have named the Attorney General and the umbrella NGO co-ordination board as respondents in the case, and accuse them of discrimination and “escalating an internalised stigma amongst transsexuals.” The two parties though were conspicuously absent from the proceedings before Justice Weldon Korir at the High Court in Nairobi. The judge directed they file their responses to the suit before January 21, 2014 when the case comes for hearing. The court was told that the applicants provided all necessary documentation and paid a mandatory Sh30,000 for the registration after giving the required information, and meeting all requirements, the Attorney General’s office made a sudden change of mind and “refused to process” the registration.
All persons should have the write to form associations and lobby for their political positions. Assuming those associations meet the registration criteria, governments should recognize those associations.