ODM MPs call for independence of the Judiciary in Presidential petition

Supreme court building in Nairobi. All court cases have been suspended due to the Coronavirus outbreak./COURTESY

Nairobi, KENYA: A section of Orange Democratic Movement legislators have called for  the Judiciary to be independent especially on the ongoing presidential petition before the Supreme court.

In a media briefing at part’s Orange headquarters in Nairobi on Tuesday, led by ODM chair John Mbadi, they  said that there has been a trend by Jubilee administration of intimidating judges working for an independent institution whose mandate is to determine the fate of the just concluded elections.

“We ask Jubilee to set our courts free and stop the intimidating of judges .But we remind Jubilee that this battle is far from over,” Mbadi said.

He said that there is need for the government to allow the independent bodies to execute their mandate as per the constitution.

He downplayed critics who argue that the evidence presented before the Supreme Court by NASA is weak insisting that the Judiciary is the one which has a final verdict on the matter.

Mbadi blasted the government over what he termed as muzzling of opposition and civil society in bid to degrade democratic gains since independence.

“This pattern if allowed to continue unabated ,will lead to the destruction of our constitution as well as democracy.”He said.

Last week, The National Super Alliance filed their petition at the Supreme Court, in bid to reverse President Uhuru Kenyatta’s victory in the August 8 election.

Uhuru was announced the winner last week on Friday, beating NASA leader Raila Odinga by 54 percent to 44 percent.