February 24, 2018

Kenya's Supreme Court to hear petition seeking to delay election rerun

25 October 2017, 12:55 | Kara Nash

President Uhuru Kenyatta calls for peace before repeat polls

Raila Odinga calls for fresh demonstrations

A gunman shot and wounded a bodyguard to Kenya's deputy chief justice on Tuesday, police said, adding to an increasingly tense atmosphere two days before the East African nation is due to hold a repeat presidential election.

Philomena Mwilu was part of a majority of Supreme Court judges who voted to annul the re-election of President Uhuru Kenyatta last month, following the initial August vote.

The main opposition candidate Raila Odinga is boycotting what he calls a "sham election... which will not represent the will of the people".

In the western city of Kisumu, around 2,000 demonstrators marched on the election board offices, witnesses said, heeding Raila Odinga's appeal for protests against Thursday's repeat presidential ballot, before dispersing peacefully.

"It happened so fast, the guy just jumped off the motorbike and sprayed him with bullets", the officer said. Many Kenyans on social media saw the shooting as intimidation of the Supreme Court before it hears the crucial case on Wednesday.

Justice Chacha Mwita on Tuesday afternoon ruled that issues raised by Pokot South MP David Pkosing fall under the jurisdiction of the Supreme Court.

President Uhuru Kenyatta, who was declared the victor in the August vote, wants to press ahead with Thursday's election despite concerns about its credibility.

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According to the judge, IEBC has done what the Supreme Court directed them to do and if there's a contempt of court by the NASA principals - who withdrew from the election - the Supreme Court can deal with the matter.

But last week electoral commission chairman Wafula Chebukati said "it's hard to guarantee a free, fair and credible election".

Kenyatta officially won the first election on August 8, by 1.4 million votes, but the Supreme Court annulled that outcome on September 1 over procedural irregularities.

The man was shot in the shoulder and his gun was taken as he was buying pots of flowers by the side of the road in the Dagoretti area of Nairobi, police said.

Khalifa said the three want elections postponed until the electoral commission can deliver a credible vote.

Tensions have been mounting in the East African country ahead of the poll rerun, with nearly daily mass protests and foreign diplomats warning a fair election can not be guaranteed.

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