It is now in the Courts, keep off, Politicians warned

The Supreme Court has ordered parties to the Presidential election petition and their supporters to desist from publicly discussing the case as it is in the Court.

The warning comes against the background of the sub judice rule, which states that a matter under judicial consideration should not at the same time be tested in the court of public opinion.

In a statement sent to newsrooms on Tuesday and signed by the seven Supreme Court judges, the bench has therefore advised the legal representatives in the case to advise their clients of the penalties that are attached to the contravention of the sub judice rule.

The bench further cautioned members of the public against profiling judges with a view of seeking to predict which side of the argument they are likely to take.

The judges said that they are ready to hear and determine the Presidential Election Petition filed by opposition leaders, Raila Odinga and Kalonzo Musyoka challenging the reelection of President Uhuru Kenyatta in the August elections with the hearing set to begin on August 26.

The Petition which was filed on August 18, 2017 after the disputed August polls in which Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) declared the incumbent Uhuru Kenyatta as the president- elect has attracted widespread attention both locally and internationally.

The hearing by the seven judge bench led by Chief Justice David Maraga is expected to be determined within 14 days.

Raila Odinga and his running mate, have submitted a petition of 25,000 pages containing evidence to show election irregularities which include their votes being reduced and added to Kenyattas in the presidential tallies.

The petition indicates the IEBC and its Chairperson, Wafula Chebukati as the first and second respondent with Kenyatta as the third respondent

The Chief Justice, David Maraga, Deputy Chief Justice, Philomena Mwilu, Justice Mohamed Khadhar Ibrahim, Justice Smokin Wanjala, Lady Justice Njoki Ndungu, Justice Jackton Boma Ojwang, Justice Isaack Lenaola are the respective Judges to preside over the petition case.

Source: Kenya News Agency