Supreme court concludes hearing of petitions challenging repeat poll outcome,to deliver ruling next Monday

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BY KORIR JUMA,NAIROBI,16TH NOV 2017-The Supreme Court on Thursday evening  concluded the hearing of presidential petitions challenging president Uhuru’s win in a repeat poll conducted on  October 26 .

The two day session saw President Kenyatta’s lawyers and those of the petitioner square it off with each side  seeking to convince the court why it had  a valid point to drive across.

While  Uhuru’s lawyers led by Fred Ngatia sought to convince the judges why the results of the election shuold be upheld and Kenyatta sworn in for his second term,the petitioners lawyers sought to convince the court that the entire exercise was a sham and could not withstand the test of time having not satisfied the constitutional requirements.

Chief Justice David Maraga said the six-judge bench of the court will convene on Monday to render a ruling and thanked parties in the matter for conducting themselves with decorum.

“We want to thank you for your courtesy to each other and the court except for a few remarks here and there and we want to encourage this kind of conduct to be continued,” Justice Maraga remarked in concluding remarks on behalf of Deputy CJ Philomena Mwilu, Lady Justice Njoki Ndung’u, Justices Jackton Ojwang’, Isaac Lenaola and Smokin Wanjala.

 

The petitions were filed by former Kilome MP Harun Mwau, and activists Njonjo Mue and Khelef Khalifa.

The three petitioners – the former having filed a standalone suit and the latter a joint petition – cited non-adherence to the Constitution as the ground upon which they sought the nullification of President Uhuru Kenyatta’s win in last month’s poll.

Both President Kenyatta and IEBC were listed as respondents in the petitions.

The court enjoined Thirdway Alliance presidential candidate Ekuru Aukot and Attorney General Githu Muigai as interested parties on Tuesday.

 

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