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BY KORIR JUMA/NAMULONGO PETER,NAIROBI,9TH JULY 2017-Chief justice David Maraga has answered president Uhuru Kenyatta and deputy president Willam Ruto who alleges that the Judiciary was working with the opposition to intimidate the independent Electoral and boundaries Commission IEBC a head of August 8 Elections. The president and his deputy who addressed a campaign rally in Kabartonjo Baringo county on Sunday 9th July accused the Judiciary of deliberately working to frustrate IEBC.”Kama wanadhani tunaogopa wajue wanajidanganya sisi hatuopi kitu” president Kenyatta said. The two leaders who were accompanied by other Jubilee politicians also said the Judiciary was not ready for elections that is why it was busy working with the opposition to delay the polls.
But in a rejoinder through a statement send to newsrooms Sunday evening CJ Maraga distanced himself and the judiciary from the claims of working with opposition to intimidate IEBC. A week ago while at the coast Maraga said the printing of ballot papers ought to be done when all the outstanding issues on candidates are well addressed .It is the same sentiments that he says had been misunderstood.
The two major rulings of the court delivered within the last two weeks seemed to have angered Jubilee.Ruling on presidential tally which declared the votes and results being announced at the constituency level as final and the one on the award of ballot papers printing tender to Dubai based firm Alghurair is another one. The Three judge bench of Joel Ngugi,John Mativo and George Odunga on Friday 7 July ruled that IEBC re-tenders afresh for presidential ballot papers a move that has not gone down well with Jubilee.