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We were threatened for nullifying Uhuru’s win – Philomena Mwilu admits

Supreme Court judges were threatened after nullifying the August 8 Presidential Election in which Uhuru Kenyatta was declared the winner.

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Deputy Chief Justice Philomena Mwilu has revealed.

Speaking during a seminar organised by the National Assembly in partnership with the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association, Mwilu mentioned that the Supreme Court judges were threatened after the presidential petition.

“We were threatened, that is for sure. I must confess because I don’t know how to clothe a lie,” she said.

The deputy CJ however, said that the threats did not cow the apex court in its subsequent decisions.

“I am not sure whether the threats cowed the judges as to affect our subsequent decisions. But the threats never entered my soul and I thank God it never did,” she said.

Ms. Mwilu was responding to Kapenguria MP Samuel Muoroto who wanted to know if the threats influenced judges’ decision during the second presidential petition after the October 26 polls.

“You were threatened and now all the gains the Judiciary made are being taken away. The new Constitution gave you lots of powers and the Judiciary has been done a good job. But the attacks by the politicians seem to have shaken you. Can you be frank and tell us the truth?” he posed.

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Ms Mwilu said the judiciary is as independent as it can ever be but refused to be drawn into discussions over the judgment on election petitions saying her opinion could jeopardise the cases as some of them have been appealed.

She told the MPs that as the elected representatives, they ought to represent the will of the people.

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