Uhuru loses his cool after CJ Maraga sided with NASA

A court ordered IEBC to cancel the printing of presidential ballots moments after the judge advised the poll body to do the same.

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Chief Justice David Maraga. PHOTO: THE STAR

Chief Justice David Maraga is on the spot and has been told to be neutral and stop siding with the National Super Alliance (NASA).

The accusations came from the Jubilee Party whose leader President Uhuru Kenyatta, hinted during his tour of Baringo county on Sunday, July 9, that the CJ was siding with the Opposition.

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President Uhuru Kenyatta DP William Ruto and Baringo Senator Gideon Moi among other County leaders attend church service at AIC Kabartonjo on Sunday, July 9, 2017. PHOTO: PSCU

The Head of State openly bashed Maraga for directing the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) to halt printing ballots papers until a case that was in court was decided.

The utterances by the CJ was quickly followed by a court order asking the poll body not to proceed with the printing of presidential ballot papers.

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Speaking in Kabartonjo where he had taken his reelection campaign on Sunday, Uhuru noted the orders issued by the courts appear to be designed to derail the election, adding it was unfortunate.

“You cannot claim independence and use it to interfere with the functioning of the executive and other arms of government,” he said. Uhuru was quick to add that the outcome of the election will be decided by the people, not the courts.

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“Maraga should not use the independent body to manipulate the IEBC. I assure Kenyans nothing will stop us – not even the court – from carrying out our election in August,” Uhuru said.

The President who attended a service at AIC Kabartonjo, later addressed rallies at Kabartonjo Primary school, Chemolingot, Marigat and Kabarnet High School grounds. He sent his condolences to the family of the late Interior CS Joseph Nkaissery before shifting gears to politics.

According to Uhuru, Maraga seems to support the Nasa coalition. “Me and my Deputy President William Ruto believe in the voice of Kenyans, not any manipulation of our law by some selfish individuals,” He said.

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Uhuru who is facing stiff competition from his main challenger Raila Odinga, oozed confidence saying Jubilee will win by a landslide. “The Opposition led by Raila Odinga should not think of Nusu mkate [shared] government anymore.”

He said his coalition does not fear the Opposition and asked them not take advantage of their silence because they have always kept mum when Raila and his brigade go around spreading propaganda and abusing Jubilee.