Maraga limits Uhuru’s petitions response to 30 pages

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Justice David Maraga and President Uhuru Kenyatta at a past function. PHOTO: COURTESY

Chief Justice David Maraga on Wednesday, November 8, gave directions for the hearing of the three election petitions filed at the Supreme Court.

The CJ directed that all parties named as respondents in the cases to file their responses by Sunday, November 12 at 5pm.

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Uhuru Kenyatta receives winner’s certificate from IEBC Chairman Wafula Chebukati at Bomas on October 30, 2017. PHOTO: PSCU

The petitioners, the CJ added, should then file and serve their written submissions by 5pm on Monday, November 13. He says submissions will be limited to 30 pages.

Any parties wishing to be enjoined have until Monday, November 13 midday to file and serve their applications and written submissions. Their submissions will be limited to five pages.

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In case the petitioners have any further responses, Maraga has directed them to file and serve them by 5pm on the same day.

On Amicus Curiae (friend of court) which has become an interesting bit in subsequent presidential petitions, any party seeking the same have been directed to file their application by 5pm on Monday. The submissions of the potential amici will also be limited to five pages.

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Two petitions, one by Njonjo Mue together with Khelef Khalifa, and another by former assistant minister Harun Mwau, seek to have Supreme Court judges nullify the October 26 repeat presidential poll citing illegalities.

A third case filed by Institute for Democratic Governance, seeks to find National Super Alliance leaders Raila Odinga, Kalonzo Musyoka, Musalia Mudavadi as well as Senators James Orengo and Moses Wetangula liable for damages and loss ahead of the poll.

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Lawyer Kioko Kilukumi who heads the body accuses the Opposition leaders of engaging in serious electoral malpractices and irregularities during the repeat poll.

According to him, the Nasa heads violated the rights of the citizens and praying to the court to find them unfit to hold public office under Chapter 6 and Article 137 of the constitution.