September 21st 2017

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Nyanza leaders put Uhuru on notice over Maraga attacks

“Justice Maraga and his colleagues are the men and women that this country needs, patriots who stand against all odds to defend the integrity and sovereignty of the people of Kenya”, they said.

By Phillip MuleeSaturday, 02 Sep 2017 19:37 EAT

(L-R): MPs Jared Okelo, Janet Ongera, Beatrice Kwamboka, Sylvanus Osoro and Samuel Atandi speaking at the press conference. At their back are MCAs from Kisii and Nyamira Counties.

Leaders from the Nyanza region have censured President Uhuru Kenyatta for his threats to 'fix' Supreme Court judges who nullified his election yesterday. The leaders, led by five MPs and a number of MCAs said Uhuru and his Deputy William Ruto were undermining the respect for their own offices by attacking Chief Justice David Maraga and the judges who ruled against Uhuru's re-election.

They urged the government to increase security protection for CJ Maraga and the other three judges, warning that the government would be held responsible should anything happen to the judges. "We want to put the Jubilee Party on notice that the Gusii community values its own and the attack on Justice Maraga is an attack on the community," said South Mugirango MP Sylvanus Osoro.

The MP said the President was not acting like a winner, and wondered "why the President is acting wild" if he indeed won the election, since the win would be reconfirmed within by the new election. “Right Honorable Raila Odinga was gracious and accepted the verdict of the court and it is the expectation that President Kenyatta does the same because as Senator Orengo said, the court is as wise today as it was in 2013," he said.

"May we remind President Kenyatta that his presidency in 2013 was upheld by the same court and it is unfortunate that he can now lead the chorus in hurling insults at the court, to the extent of referring the judges as 'crooks' is not just absurd but unfortunate coming from the Head of State who is supposed to portray the image of the symbol of unity”, said a statement signed by Mr Osoro and MPs Janet Ongera (Kisii women representative), Sen. Beatrice Kwamboka (Nominated ODM), Jared Okelo (Nyando) and Samuel Atandi (Alego Usonga).

“It is sad that as the country celebrates this historic ruling the Jubilee Party leadership led by President Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy William Ruto has led the chorus by a few disgruntled people in attacking the Chief Justice and other Judges of the Supreme Court. This must be condemned in the strongest terms possible”, the leader said at a press conference at the PanaAfric Hotel.

They expressed great pride to the Supreme Court ruling that nullified the presidential elections over irregularities that marred the exercise. “We salute the country’s highest court led by Chief Justice David Kenani Maraga, also the president of the court; for their courage to defy the agents of impunity and those bent on negating the democratic gains so far painfully made over the years.

“Justice Maraga and his colleagues are the men and women that this country needs, patriots who stand against all odds to defend the integrity and sovereignty of the people of Kenya”, they said.

The judiciary, the leaders said, is an independent institution with a clear mandate which is to arbitrate and interpret the law, noting that it’s not an appendage of the executive and the presidency must be reminded as much.

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