, NAIROBI, Kenya, Aug 26 – Security has been heightened around the Supreme Court ahead of the 7 pm Saturday Pre-Trial hearing of the Presidential petition filed by NASA leader Raila Odinga.
Police blocked City Hall way, Taifa and Wabera Streets with Nairobi Police Boss Japheth Koome stating that only advocates and those who are accredited will be allowed access to the court precincts.
“We will not allow any idlers within and around the Supreme Court. You can imagine if everyone comes with their supporters, this will result in total chaos,” he said.
NASA had sought permission from police to be allowed to hold a peaceful assembly outside the Supreme Court from 10 am to 6 pm on Sunday but the request has been rejected.
Anti riot police were stationed outside the Supreme Court on Saturday, even blocking sections of the roads around the court with police trucks with barriers.
A status conference was set to be held at the Supreme Court later Saturday evening from 7pm.
Odinga is challenging the presidential election results released by the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC), insisting he was rigged out through a computer programme employed to favour his Jubilee Party opponent who also defeated him in 2013.
In his submissions, President Kenyatta dismissed the petition, and insisted that he won fairly.
“Despite such clear poll victory, Odinga has continuously disparaged the electoral win and coined such demeaning remarks as computer generated leaders. The Deputy President and I are not computer generated leaders (“vifaranga vya computer”),” the president said.