Rules of engagement set at Pre-trial conference

Written By: Hallygan Agade

The judges have until Monday next week to hear and make a determination on the petitions

The pre-trial conference in a case seeking the nullification of last month’s presidential election kicked off at the Supreme Court Tuesday with petitioners and respondents each presenting their submissions.

Two petitioners before the apex court Njonjo Mue and Khelef Khalifa through lawyer Julie Soweto are seeking access to the presidential election result forms, server and KIEMS logs, citing discrepancies in the forms transmitted from Murang’a and Garissa and flagging variations in the number of voters registered and voter turnout for the October 26th fresh presidential poll.

Internal memos written by IEBC Chair Wafula Chebukati also featured during the submissions.

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President Kenyatta through his lead counsel Fred Ngatia, sought to have the internal memos expunged from the record on the grounds that they were illegally obtained.

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The petitioners’ lawyer however maintained that the internal Memos are in the public domain and they should as such be tabled as evidence.

Other petitions were filed by Nairobi Activist Okiya Omtatah and former Kilome Mp John Harun Mwau. The hearing continues on Wednesday with parties ready to be allocated time for submissions proper.

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The court has this week to hear and determine the petitions with the constitutional deadline lapsing at midnight next Monday

Secession debate

Siaya County Senator, James Orengo, has maintained that calls for secession were the most viable solution to what he terms as leadership injustices that have inflicted the country since independence.

While the government has termed the ongoing secession calls mere political rhetoric, Orengo is warning that the quest for self-determination is a reality and is faulting the current and past governments for failing to heed to Kenyans’ quest for justice.

This as Kisumu County assembly today passed the adoption of the people’s assembly as per the calls by the National Super Alliance (NASA).

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The MCAs expressed their disappointment that the secession clause was not part of the motion but nevertheless expressed confidence that the initiative will cure historical political injustices.

Kakamega County assembly has also given a clean bill of health to the motion and passed it.

In Migori, Members of County Assembly drawn from the Kuria Community boycotted a session that was to discuss the motion but their numbers proved insignificant as the motion was debated by the MCAs present.

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