, NAIROBI, Kenya Sep 15 – The Jubilee Party now wants Nyeri Town MP Ngunjiri Wambugu to withdraw his petition to the Judicial Service Commission seeking the removal of Chief Justice David Maraga from office.
Majority Leaders in Parliament Aden Duale (Garissa Township) and Kipchumba Murkomen (Elgeyo-Marakwet) confirmed the party is asking the MP to withdraw the petition – because it is not in line with the party position – although they will not force him to do so
The two who were addressing a news conference in Parliament Building reaffirmed that the Nyeri Town MP is acting in his personal capacity.
“I want to categorically state that that is not the decision of Jubilee Party within its structures. It is his within his democratic rights.”
“We have talked to Ngunjiri over the phone. He has told us he strongly believes in matters raised in his petition…it is up to him to decide whether to drop the petition or proceed with it,” Duale said.
Murkomen on his part said he has read the petition and “it has weighty issues on the conduct of the Chief Justice and the core of constitutional structures.”
Wambugu was among Central region leaders who attended a retreat with President Uhuru Kenyatta at Sagana State Lodge.
In his petition filed on Thursday before the Judicial Service Commission, Wambugu criticised the CJ saying that he was wrong for annulling the August 8 presidential election without going through all the evidence presented before him.
Wambugu has equated the nullification of President Uhuru Kenyatta’s August 8 win to a ‘judicial coup’ for which he holds Maraga responsible.
He claims the nullification of the win was influenced by the same civil society groups he alleges engineered the International Criminal Court cases President Kenyatta and his Deputy William Ruto faced
On September 1 the Supreme Court voided the August 8 presidential election and the declaration of President Kenyatta as winner after finding the petitioners had proved that the exercise was marred by irregularities and illegalities.
The petitioners were Raila Odinga and Kalonzo Musyoka who came in second.