, NAIROBI, Kenya, Oct 31 – The National Alliance (TNA) party has said that Uhuru Kenyatta will abide by a court ruling in a case challenging his eligibility to run for the country’s presidency.
TNA Secretary General Onyango Oloo said Kenyatta was a law abiding citizen and will obey the court ruling even if it rules against him in the case filed before the High Court by civil society activists.
“We as law abiding citizens will respect the decisions of the Judiciary. If they say Kenyatta cannot be president, so be it. We shall respect it but we are not going to allow unauthorised persons to meander and get into areas that do not concern them,” he said.
Oloo further criticised Law Society of Kenya (LSK) Chairman Eric Mutua who on Tuesday suggested that that the case on integrity should be taken to the Supreme Court. The TNA boss termed Mutua’s statement as undue interference with the judicial process.
He said there should be no comments on a matter which is already before the courts.
“It is very disturbing that the chairman of LSK would wish to deny certain persons their right to appeal by insisting that certain cases do start at the Supreme Court. This is not one of those cases that should start at Supreme Court. We realise their frustrations… their wish of blocking certain candidates from contesting the forthcoming presidential elections,” he said.
Oloo further criticised the Ethics and Anti Corruption Commission which on Wednesday announced that it was working on rules to vet candidates vying in the next general elections.
He said it was not within their mandate and instead was a pointer to overlapping the work of commissions delegated to come up with such regulations.
Oloo argued that it was up to the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) to deal with elections but not the work of the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission.
We as law abiding citizens will respect the decisions of the Judiciary. If they say Kenyatta cannot be president, so be it
Oloo further argued the decision who will be Kenya’s next president rests on Kenyans but not individuals directing Kenyans who is good or bad to lead the country.
Article 99 of the Constitution however stipulates that the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission has the mandate to ensuring compliance with, and enforcement of, the provisions of the Chapter on leadership and integrity.