Respect Judiciary, Bishop tells political leaders
Politicians have been cautioned against making disparaging remarks against Judges of the Supreme Court as this might bring disrepute to the country’s judicial system.
Murang’a Catholic Diocesan Bishop James Maria Wainaina asked leaders from across the political divide to respect the verdict of the Supreme Court on the presidential election petition which nullified the Presidential election.
Wainaina while addressing members of congregation at Mugoiri parish said the ruling by the country’s highest court should be respected by every Kenyan.
Leaders, the bishop said should restrain from issuing statements in bad faith directed at the judiciary which may polarise the country.
“The ruling by the Supreme Court on the petition on presidential election was not only big but it was also important and therefore it should be respected by leaders across the political divide as well as the electorate,” stated Wainaina.
He commended the Opposition leaders for taking their complaints to court observing that the move brought to an end protests that were witnessed in some parts of the country that claimed the lives of 24 Kenyans who engaged police in running battles.
The Bishop pleaded with politicians to maintain peace and decorum when crisscrossing parts of the country in bid to lure voters telling them to involve a more conciliatory tone to avoid disrupting peace.
Speaking during the same occasion, Murang’a Women Representative Ms Sabina Chege appealed to Jubilee leaders to tone down their utterances towards the Supreme Court saying there is no need to address their supporters in anger.
She said the party is headed for win in the repeated election now slated for October 17, noting that the party has huge support across the country.
Sabina noted that the ruling given on Friday by the Supreme Court only raised issues with the transmission of the results which is only a technical issue.
“Numbers do not lie. Jubilee Party has majority of MCAs, MPs and governors, and there is no way we can lose,” she added.
She said leaders should instead start lobbying for all Jubilee party supporters to come out in larger numbers during the repeat presidential elections.
Murang’a County, Sabina observed had a voter turnout of about 87 percent and that local leaders will work hard to make sure the percentage is increased to at least 99.
Meanwhile the county MP challenged the Opposition to adhere to the Supreme Court ruling that gave the electoral body mandate to conduct a fresh election saying it was wrong for Raila Odinga to call for disbandment of the IEBC while the court had given the commission a green light to conduct fresh elections.
By Bernard Munyao