Odinga off the hook as supreme court dismisses petition seeking his  prosecution

Odinga off the hook as supreme court dismisses petition seeking his prosecution

BY EURIDICE NZIOKA,NAIROBI,14TH NOV 2017-The national super Alliance (NASA) leader Raila Odinga is a happy man after the  Supreme Court on Tuesday November 14, threw out a petition  filed in court seeking his prosecution for  boycotting the October 26 repeat presidential poll .

A  civil society organization  and Pokot South MP David Pkosing  had wanted the court to charge Odinga  with treason.

The  two sides including International Institute of Governance  held that a move by Raila to  boycott the election amounted to  sabotage.

Pkosing  also wanted the Supreme Court to legitimise President Uhuru Kenyatta’s victory by declaring that he was legally elected.

But judges on Tuesday dismissed the petition saying it did not challenge the declaration of Uhuru and William Ruto as president and deputy president elect respectively.

“The matter does not fall under the purview of presidential petitions,” the Chief Justice said.

“If this court looses focus and succumbs to pressure to allow all petitions, it will not be able to determine them within stipulated timelines. We decline to grant the prayers but the matter will be heard after the determination of the two petitions before us,” he added.

The court has said it will rule on the presidential election petition by Monday.

IEBC MEMOS

It dismissed NASA and Jubilee’s prayers seeking to join the case, and expunged IEBC memos from the petition proceedings.The court plans to continue with its sitting to hear two more important matters before actual hearing of the petition challenging president Kenyatta’s win can commence.

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