MP claims Maraga co­erced judges to nul­lify Uhuru vic­tory

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FROM PAGE 1 them into sup­port­ing in­val­i­da­tion of the Au­gust 8 polls.

The pe­ti­tion, how­ever, does not spec­ify how Jus­tice Maraga in­tim­i­dated the judges, even as Mr Wam­bugu asked the JSC for a hear­ing date dur­ing which he plans to present ev­i­dence to back up his claims.

In the judg­ment whose fine copy is yet to be re­leased, Jus­tices Maraga, Philom­ena Mwilu (deputy CJ), Smokin Wan­jala and Isaac Le­naola ruled in favour of an in­val­i­da­tion while Jus­tices Jack­ton Ojwang and Njoki Ndung’u dis­sented to hand Nasa leader Raila Odinga a 4-2 vic­tory.

Mr Wam­bugu claims that the civil so­ci­ety groups, led by the In­ter­na­tional De­vel­op­ment Law Or­gan­i­sa­tion (IDLO), have in the guise of pro­vid­ing tech­ni­cal and fi­nan­cial sup­port to the Ju­di­ciary

in­ter­fered with its in­de­pen­dence. “The CJ through in­tim­i­da­tion, per­sua­sion and un­due in­flu­ence on the judges of the Supreme Court had a judg­ment de­liv­ered in the case of Raila Amolo Odinga vs IEBC in to­tal dis­re­gard of ba­sic

tenets of the law and ev­i­dence be­fore the court, and in a pre­dis­posed in­ten­tion to in­val­i­date the pres­i­den­tial elec­tion of Au­gust 8,” he says.

The MP fur­ther claims that Jus­tice Maraga barred Jus­tice Mo­hammed Ibrahim from pre­par­ing a judg­ment in the pe­ti­tion de­spite the judge hav­ing re­cov­ered from an ill­ness.

Mr Ngun­jiri reck­oned that Jus­tice Maraga has will­ingly al­lowed IDLO, led by po­lit­i­cal an­a­lyst Makau Mu­tua, to take con­trol of the Ju­di­ciary and push for a regime change.

He claims that the lob­bies have in­fil­trated the Ju­di­cial Train­ing In­sti­tute and the Na­tional Coun­cil for Ad­min­is­tra­tion of Jus­tice.

Mr Wam­bugu fur­ther claims that Jus­tice Maraga had sev­eral un­pro­fes­sional phone con­ver­sa­tions with lawyers rep­re­sent­ing Mr Odinga’s Na­tional Su­per Al­liance (Nasa).

He wants the CJ’S call records scru­ti­nised at the hear­ing of his pe­ti­tion.

The MP al­leges that pro­grammes IDLO runs in the Ju­di­ciary are funded by USAID through a close con­fi­dant of Mr Odinga, Zepha­nia Aura.

He adds that the CJ’S trip to Lithua­nia and fail­ure to at­tend the open­ing of Par­lia­ment on Tues­day was proof of par­ti­san­ship. The Lithua­nia trip, Mr Ngun­jiri claims, is sus­pi­cious as the coun­try is known as a meet­ing point for in­tel­li­gence teams from regime change ac­tivists.

Mr Ngun­jiri clinched the Ny­eri Town seat af­ter gar­ner­ing 47,949 votes ahead of his clos­est ri­val Es­ther Mu­rugi who got 13,353 votes.

AC­CUSED Chief jus­tice David Ke­nani Maraga. -FILE

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