September 20th 2017

Opinion / Commentaries

CJ Maraga's assurance on election petitions most welcome

Leaders especially should do their campaigns peacefully and prepare themselves to accept the outcome of the elections, or file their petitions with the Justice Maraga-led Judiciary which according to the CJ is ready to tackle any disputes.

By Nyambura Muthoninmuthoni@kenyafreepress.comTuesday, 14 Feb 2017 14:49 EAT

Chief Justice David Maraga's assurance about the Judiciary's readiness to handle any disputes that will arise out of the August general elections is most welcome news. The CJ, chairs the National Council for Administration of Justice, a body that brings together all government security agencies, court users and the various stakeholders in the justice system, said Kenya is bigger than any individual and called on citizens to embrace peace before and after the elections.

“This is a year of elections. I call on all citizens to maintain peace. I am aware that politicians have already begun seeking votes. I urge you to conduct your campaigns in a manner that will not divide the nation. We don’t want a repeat of what happened in 2007/2008. Let us join hands in ensuring Kenya is peaceful before and even after the August 8 General Elections,” he said.

Justice Maraga urged all judges, magistrates and other court staff to serve Kenyans diligently. “Let us have a passion to serve. I want you to leave behind a positive legacy in your stations once you leave,” he added. Only such measures can help the country avoid post-election violence. We all remember very well what happened in 2007, when the judiciary could not assure contending sides of justice in case of a presidential election petition. Tribal war occurred which costed many lives. People were killed, churches and houses were burnt and only retired UN Secretary General Kofi Annan brought the two sides to negotiate.

We would not like the same thing to happen this year and it is important that Kenyans maintain peace before and after the election. Leaders especially should do their campaigns peacefully and prepare themselves to accept the outcome of the elections, or file their petitions with the Justice Maraga-led Judiciary which according to the CJ is ready to tackle any disputes.

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