Civil society slams president Uhuru over supreme court remarks

Kura Yangu Sauti Yangu civiil society during a past briefing. PHOTO: COURTESY.

Nairobi, KENYA: Civil society under the umbrella of “Kura yangu Sauti Yangu ” has condemned president Uhuru Kenyatta’s remarks towards the Supreme court judges whose presidential ruling led to the nullifying of the presidential results.

In a media briefing in Nairobi on Monday led by Muhuri chair Khelif Khalifa, they said that It is incorrect for the president to threaten the judges indicating that such precedence sets a pace of impunity.

“President Uhuru Kenyatta’s subsequent remarks of the Supreme court during the aftermath of its decision ,by threatening to fix them after 60 days is unfortunate in the extreme and must be condemned.Leaders in the Jubilee party have also taken his cue to also insult ,threaten and disrespect the Judiciary.”Khalifa said.

“These statements signal tendency toward authoritarian rule and must be resisted.”He added.

He said that Kura Yangu Sauti yangu initial observations about anomalies in the conduct of elections have been vindicated.

He noted that IEBC has not addressed all issues raised in the register of voters whereby ,there is potentially 246,790 missing records in the constituency registers.

They urged the Independent policing oversight Authority to fastrack its investigations on the 28 people whom they allege were killed after the announcement of presidential elections .

Khalifa said that the civil society is concerned whether the IEBC will conduct elections as currently constituted and want the stakeholders to discuss the matter urgently,so as to beat the window period which Supreme court gave for the commission to conduct elections

He added that there is need for the issue of both local and international observers reviewed to avert vested geopolitical and partisans interests among them.