Team out to save Wetang’ula

By: PETER LEFTIE

Siaya Senator James Orengo is leading a team of fellow lawyers in a bid to save Cord co-principal Moses Wetang’ula from being locked out of the next General Election.

The team, which includes veteran lawyer John Khaminwa, was set up following a series of meetings held at the weekend to find ways of rescuing the Bungoma senator’s political career.

This followed a decision by Senate Speaker Ekwee Ethuro to gazette a report by the Supreme Court, which found Mr Wetang’ula guilty of voter bribery.

“We have a battery of lawyers on standby. We have had several meetings since Friday over this matter, both at Ford Kenya and at the coalition level,” said Ford-Kenya Secretary-General Eseli Simiyu.

“Our position is that the IEBC (Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission) is not a court of law. This is a criminal matter, so it should be handled by a criminal court. The IEBC cannot transform itself into a criminal court,” he added.

The IEBC has said it has yet to set a date to consider the Supreme Court report on the voter bribery allegations made against Mr Wetang’ula.

The Senate Speaker was first required to publish the Supreme Court’s report in the Kenya Gazette before the electoral agency takes up the matter for review and makes recommendations for any further action.

The Elections Act says that once the speaker has gazetted a ruling, “the commission shall consider the report and delete from the register of voters”, the name of the individual.