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BY KORIR JUMA/CORRESPONDENT,9TH JULY 2017-President Uhuru Kenyatta has accused the chief justice David Maraga for working with the opposition to frustrate the efforts of the independent Electoral and boundaries Commission IEBC a head of the coming general elections. The president says the judiciary has proofed to be a hindrance in the path of the poll body.
Addressing a campaign rally in Kabartonjo in Baringo county on Sunday 9th July,the head of state who was accompanied by deputy president William Ruto also vowed that he will not allow any changes to the elections date. The president also promised that the government will ensure elections are free, fair and credible and peaceful.
The president’s sentiments comes on the backdrop of two major rulings by the court that have been seen as a huge victory to the opposition outfit NASA. Two weeks ago the court of appeal upheld the decision of the high court against a petition filed the Independent Electoral and boundaries Commission IEBC challenging the opposition which had filed a case in court blocking any effort by the poll body to pass a law which could have seen the presidential results announced at the constituency level being subjected to a further verification at national tallying center in Nairobi. The court of appeal declared that the results announced at the constituency level were final and did not need to be verified further.The opposition claimed such could make it possible for rigging to take place.
RULING ON ELECTION BALLOT PAPERS PRINTING TENDER
The other case which brought the two antagonists sides together was a case filed by the opposition challenging the move by the IEBC to award ballot paper printing tender to the Dubai based firm AL Ghurair the firm largely seen as compromised especially after the claims from the opposition that it had close links to the Jubilee government.
The opposition has claimed that the firm’s top officials have had a meeting with president Uhuru Kenyatta 2years ago where the tender was discussed and therefore the firm could not be trusted to be fair to both political factions.
While delivering their ruling on the matter on Friday 7th July 2017,the three judge bench constituted by chief justice David Maraga of Joel Ngugi ,John Mativo and George Odunga said that it was improper for IEBC to award the tender to AL Ghurair without consulting largely and especially involving stakeholders .
The judges ordered IEBC to re-tender the presidential ballot papers afresh so as to avoid the scenario were the nation goes to the general election with doubts about the entire exercise.