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Nullification of poll win irresponsible, Tuju tells Maraga

Bernard Gitau @benagitau

The nullification of August 8 presidential results was irresponsible and could have burned the country, Jubilee Party secretary general Raphael Tuju has alleged in a letter to Chief Justice David Maraga.

The ruling party accused Maraga and the Judiciary of being biased, practising double standards, impunity and poor leadership in the run-up to the August 8, 2017 election. “With all due respect, may I state the following not to provoke you but to submit that no powers can be absolute. Not for Judiciary, Parliament or Executive,” part of letter read.

Tuju said irresponsible actions from the third arm of government could have burnt the country. “With due respect, you (CJ Maraga) almost succeeded in burning the country after the August 8 elections,” Tuju added.

The letter comes few days after Attorney General Githu Muigai resigned and President Uhuru Kenyatta appointing Court of Appeal President Paul Kihara to take over. Maraga also transferred prominent judges from Milimani Law Courts.

Tuju had earlier written a letter last year about open bias towards National Super Alliance (Nasa) by Justice Odunga against Jubilee Party and wanted him to recuse from all cases related to election.

After the nullification of August 8 presidential result, President Uhuru Kenyatta opposed the move vowing to respect it but warned that they “shall revisit” the conduct of the Judiciary.

Yesterday, Tuju said that when the Supreme Court of Kenya nullified last year’s poll, Jubilee Party obeyed the court orders but Nasa boycotted without bothering to go back to the court to canvass their position. He said the Constitution must be defended but noted that the same Constitution requires the Judiciary to be impartial, just and fair.

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