President Uhuru Kenyatta’s re-election faces a first major setback as a fresh petition challenging his October 26th win is set to be filed at the Supreme Court today.
The Star has established that the petition will be filed by a circle of civil society organisations, posing another major legal showdown at the Supreme court.
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The new petition will basically bring on-hold swearing-in preparations for Mr Kenyatta and his deputy William Ruto that was slated for November 14.
The suit is likely to pose a major challenge for the Apex court following intimidation to be ‘fixed’ by the state after the seven-bench team historically annulled Uhuru’s win of August 8th.
Names of the specific organisations that will file the petition remain anonymous.
“I want to assure you that there would be individuals who will be walking to court tomorrow,” Ndung’u Wainaina, Executive Director, International Centre for Policy and Conflict, told The Star, without indulging into details.
Already, the NGO Coordination Board has summoned officials of three organizations in what is seen as a pre-emptive attempt by the state to stifle any efforts by the organisations to file presidential petition.
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Among the NGOs summoned are the Katiba Insitute, associated with Prof Yash Pal Ghai, Inuka Trust headed by anti-graft czar John Githogo and Muslims for Human Rights (Muhuri) headed by Khelef Khalif.
In a press conference today, November 6, Kura Yangu Sauti Yangu, a coalition of NGOs, lifted the lid on what could be part of the lobby’s submissions in court.
Critics claim the civil society organizations heading to court are associates of opposition leader Raila Odinga.
Mr Odinga is not seeking any redress in courts and has rolled out a raft of plans, including product boycotts, as part of his quest to bring the Jubilee administration down.
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