The government has denied a request by Supreme Court judges for extra security after last week’s shocking incident where DCJ Philomena Mwilu’s bodyguard was shot, preventing her from attending a hearing that could have delayed the October 26th poll, a senior judicial source privy to The Star Newspaper said on Tuesday.
When asked about the request by the judges, Interior ministry spokesman Mwenda Njoka denied the claim and said security for all judges was beefed up in the wake of the shooting.
“If anybody is telling you to the contrary, they are not telling the truth,” he told Reuters as reported by The Star.
The government has since maintained that the bodyguard’s shooting was a robbery rather than an attempt to intimidate the judges.
However,treating the shooting as a regular crime angered the judges, who demanded they get extra security, The Star source from the Judiciary confided.
“In Kenya, ordinary criminals don’t attack government vehicles driven by armed government agents who know how to shoot,” The Star reports.
The justices demanded that their security should be publicly guaranteed given the tensions over the election in the recent weeks.
This decision comes after Activist Okiya Omtatah filed a petition on Monday at the Supreme Court terming the just concluded presidential poll a sham.
In a statement, the Deputy Registrar of the Supreme Court directed that the petition be served to Mr Chebukati by this Thursday and brought for mention on November 10th.(for more indepth details here)
The Apex court has been center stage since it voided President Uhuru Kenyatta’s win of August 8th, citing systemic irregularities and ordering a fresh poll within 60 days.
The Supreme Court was supposed to meet on October 25 to deliberate on an eleventh-hour application to delay the fresh poll. The day before, however,the bodyguard of deputy chief justice Mwilu was shot at and his gun seized.
Only CJ David Maraga and Justice Isaac Lenaola turned up for the hearing. Without a minimum quorum of five judges, Maraga called-off the hearing, paving the way for the repeat poll to go proceed.
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