NAIROBI, Kenya, Sep 19 – The Judiciary has been rocked by protests from demonstrators waving placards against Chief Justice David Maraga whom they accuse of slowing the country’s development after nullification of President Uhuru Kenyatta’s victory.
The protesters – mainly donning red t-shirts – were carrying placards demanding the swearing-in of President Uhuru Kenyatta or a recount of the votes among others.
A few police officers deployed around the Judiciary are just watching from a distance.
The peaceful but agitated demonstrators chanted anti Supreme Court slogans saying President Kenyatta’s victory was wrongfully annulled.
“The Supreme Court stole our victory,” read some of the banners.
Others read: “wembe ni ule ule, Judiciary equal to evil society…”
While others chose to scream and wail, some were seen kneeling down praying.
The damming petition against two Supreme Court judges alleges that there was communication between them and key opposition leaders during the hearing of the Presidential Petition filed by Raila Odinga.
It is on this basis that the supporters expressed their dissatisfaction with the third arm of Government.
“We know what you did…,” one lady pointing at the Supreme Court building shouted. “We want justice.”
Police at some point lobbed teargas after a near face-off between the Opposition and Jubilee supporters.
-Calls for peace-
Meanwhile, diplomats have urged political leaders and citizens to desist from negative rhetoric and actions that may plunge the country into a political turmoil ahead of the repeat presidential election which seems uncertain due to the strict timelines and demands from the Opposition.
In a joint statement, the heads of missions said unwarranted baseless attacks levelled against independent institutions like the Judiciary and IEBC risk undermining the prevalence of peace in the country.
“There have been unfounded attacks on individuals and institutions, for instance on the Judiciary and the IEBC. While we support freedom of speech, baseless attacks and lies must stop and leaders on all sides should work to ensure they do,” read part of the statement.
The ambassadors also urged the relevant authorities to move with speed and act proactively in controlling and bringing to book the perpetrators found propagating hate speech messages.