Judge declines to delay Sonko petition after plea by petitioner

January 8, 2018 12:48 pm
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The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) and Governor Sonko through their advocates denied knowledge of the threats and indicated they were ready to proceed with the hearing/FILE

, NAIROBI, Kenya, Jan 8 – A judge on Monday refused to delay an election petition challenging Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko August 8 victory despite the petitioner claiming his life is in danger.

The petitioner, Japheth Muroko was seeking an adjournment of the case to enable him report to police about threats he and his family received on Saturday.

High Court Judge Msagha Mbogholi declined to put off the case saying reporting the matter to the police cannot take the whole day.

“Reporting the issue does not take the whole day and therefore I grant him an hour to do so,” Justice Mbogholi said as he adjourned the matter to enable Muroko complete recording his statement with the police.

The judge wondered why Muroko waited from Saturday to report the threats he allegedly received through his cell phone.

The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) and Governor Sonko through their advocates denied knowledge of the threats and indicated they were ready to proceed with the hearing.

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