, NAIROBI, Kenya, Nov 16 – President Uhuru Kenyatta on Thursday mounted a defence of his election in the October 26 fresh presidential poll, questioning the eligibility of the Harun Mwau, Njonjo Mue and Khelef Khalifa to mount their petitions against his win.
Through his legal counsel Ahmednasir Abdullahi, submitted that the three petitioners do not qualify as aggrieved voters as they chose to boycott the poll.
“That person who can challenge a presidential election is not just a registered voter, but a person who exercises the right to participate in the election,” he submitted.
He also imputed ulterior motives on the petitioners whom he’s implied are out for themselves and not the public interest they’ve cited in their court filings.
“A person who files a petition challenging the election of a candidate must not do so as an academic exercise or as a game of chance or as a proposal for donor funding or become a national irritant,” he submitted.
“That person must have a genuine grievance, he must state before this court that his right as a voter who participated in the election that is being impugned, was violated by the conduct of the first and second respondents.”
Statements which drew the sharp reactions of the petitioners who asserted their rights as Kenyan citizens to demand a credible environment within which to exercise their right to vote and took exception to the implication that their motives were anything other than honourable – distancing themselves from the National Super Alliance.
“We’re not fighting for the sake for fighting, we want to do justice for the country,” Mue and Khalifa’s counsel Harun Ndubi submitted.