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Court of appeal responds to President Uhuru hours after his BBI case remarks

The Kenyan appellate handling the case Management appeal for the Building Bridges Initiative case has responded to President Uhuru Kenyatta following his earlier remarks on the judiciary subverting the will of the majority.


Through it’s three judge bench composing of Justices Daniel Musinga, Hannah Okwengu and Roselyn Nambuye earlier today sought the courts directives on how the BBI cases would be conducted.


The lawyers were brainstorming on how the cases would be handled after what appears to be pilling pressure on them following his yesterday’s Madaraka day celebrations speech.


Justice Masinga while addressing the same noted the issue will be dealt with at the appropriate time, adding that there should be mutual respect in making comments.


He added that “Let us respect one another and be balanced in our comments. Please allow the court to make a fair properly informed decision without unnecessary attacks, comments by all concerned.


“Let us realize that we have an important judicial process which must be handled in a sober manner. Let us not prosecute our respective positions in the media.”


This comes hours after the President’s yesterday speech appeared to be attacking the Judiciary as subverting the will of the people and his regime following their recent ruling on the bill, and the 2017 general election.


“The Judiciary has tested our constitutional limits, but not broken them. We must follow the Rule of Law and obey the decisions of the courts but the sovereign and supreme voice of the People of Kenya must also be followed. And that is why our National Conversation today must focus on the Burden of Choice.


“BBI is meant to build bridges, create inclusive politics, and to end the ethnic majoritarianism of two tribes,” Uhuru argued.


Kenyatta however expressed confidence in the team of legal minds handling the appeal.


The lawyers include former Attorney-General Githu Muigai and Eric Gumbo representing the IEBC, Waweru Gatonye and Mohammed Nyaoga representing the President, James Orengo and Paul Mwangi for the BBI secretariat, Martha Karua and Nelson Havi for opposing parties.

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