DCJ says judiciary ready to handle election- related matters

By Franco Kundu

Political parties have been faulted for failing to adhere to court rulings on the party nomination exercise, conducted in April this year.

Deputy Chief Justice Philomena Mwilu is questioning the fate of some of the various candidates set to battle in the August polls.

Mwilu condemned the move that she says has since led to the multiplicity of litigations; a dreadful process for the judicial system.

Over 150 out of over 500 petitions on the primaries are before the high court, nine of which have progressed to the court of appeal, and one to the Supreme Court.

She further faulted politicians for orchestrating court cases to gain political mileage, accusing them of inciting the public to question the integrity of the system.

Speaking at during the annual Judges colloquium in Mombasa County, the Deputy Chief Justice said that the judiciary has reaffirmed its readiness in handling any dispute that may arise after the August 8th polls, noting that they expect a doubled work load compared to what was witnessed after the 2013 general polls.

Elsewhere, Rift Valley Regional Coordinator Wanyama Musyambu has cautioned residents of Naivasha and Nakuru against spreading rumors of ‘’planned’’ evictions of members of certain ethnic communities before the coming general elections.

Addressing Nakuru County youth and women peace forum at the Rift Valley Regional Headquarters in Nakuru, Musyambu said security organs had already pooled their resources together in a collaborative bid to counter lawlessness as the country gears itself for elections next month.

Musiambo called on women and the youth to steer sustained peace building campaigns in their sub counties in a bid to foster integration and coexistence among citizens during and after the general polls.

He assured citizens in the areas that were once epicenters of the 2007-2008 post election violence of their security during this election season, saying the government is vigilant and has increased its capacity to ensure that law and order prevails during and after the elections.

He used the occasion to advice citizens in the County to use the social media responsibly to avoid propagating hatred among each other.


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