Demos, gatherings banned ahead of presidential petitions hearing

Written By: Roncliff Odit/Margaret Kalekye

The court is set to convene a pre-trial conference on Tuesday

There will be no demonstrations or public gatherings around the Nairobi Central Business District during the hearing of the petitions filed at the Supreme Court challenging President Uhuru Kenyatta’s re-election.

Nairobi Police Commandant Japheth Koome says security officers will not hesitate to apprehend anyone found causing chaos.

Koome who addressing the media Sunday morning, asked Nairobi residents to disregard terror alerts circulating in social media saying such messages are meant to instill fear .

The Nairobi police boss is assuring Kenyans that peace and stability will be maintained in the capital city just like it was during the August 8th elections and the repeat presidential poll on October 26.

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The court is set to convene a pre-trial conference on Tuesday before a determination of three petitions challenging the validity of the repeat presidential election.

The Apex court has 14 days from the date of the filing of the petition to make a determination. The petitions were filed on Monday.

Chief Justice David Maraga has already directed respondents listed in the petitions to respond by 5 pm on Sunday.

Consequently on Tuesday during the pre-trial conference the Supreme Court bench is expected to provide guidelines to parties litigating the matters.

It includes timelines within which the counsel representing various parties will make oral submission in court.

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Respondents to presidential petitions lodged at the Supreme Court have until 5 pm Sunday to file responses.

Legal teams of President Uhuru Kenyatta, National Super Alliance (NASA) and those representing the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) are expected to file responses on behalf of their respective clients ahead of Tuesday’s pre-trial hearing.

Chief Justice David Maraga had Wednesday given the directions in which he ordered those wishing to make applications to any of three petitions before the court to do so by midday Monday.

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Parties wishing to be admitted in the petitions as friends of the court are also required to file and serve applications on the same day.

Other respondents in the petitions are IEBC Chairperson Wafula Chebukati in his capacity as the National Returning Officer of the repeat presidential election, NASA presidential candidate Raila Odinga, his running mate Kalonzo Musyoka, coalition co-principal Musalia Mudavadi, Senators James Orengo and Moses Wetangula.

Of the three petitions, one was jointly filed by activists Njonjo Mue and Khelef Khalifa, the other two by former Kilome MP Harun Mwau and the Institute for Democratic Governance.

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