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President Uhuru’s message on Orengo and the BBI appeal team ahead of the appellate court hearing

President Uhuru Kenyatta yesterday opened up expressing optimism on the ongoing appeal on the BBI process against the high court ruling weeks after it was declared null and void.


Speaking yesterday in Gem Siaya County during his official tour of the Nyanza region a head of the Madaraka day celebrations in Kisumu tomorrow, the head of state radiated confidence in his legal team.


Singling out Siaya Senator Senior Counsel James Orengo, the head stated noted that there was no way they could lose in the appeal with such legal luminaries.
President Kenyatta also urged the grassroot supporters to keep their cool, never loose hope while preparing to do their part when next the ball is thrown on their court.


“We have just experienced a minor setback in courts but I am sure that with the brilliant legal minds we have like Orengo, we will definitely emerge victorious at the Court of Appeal so that we achieve our goal to bring Kenyans together,” said President Kenyatta.


“What is before us will be sorted out. If we have lawyers like James Orengo, can we be defeated really? he posed.


The appellate court is expected to officially begin the hearing on the appeal this Wednesday with the registrar of Courts Moses Serem already issuing out instructions to lawyers who have filed civil applications following the High Court ruling.


Serem noted that there will be a case management conference scheduled for June 2, 2021, before a three-judge bench at 9 am.


He added that only one lawyer will be allowed inside the court in strict adherence with the Ministry Of Health laid down guidelines on Covid-19 management.


“The case management conference shall provide an opportunity for the court to give appropriate directions on various issues, including but not limited to: i) The viability of hearing the substantive appeals rather than the rule 5(2) (b) applications; (ii) The length of the submissions to be filed (iii) The amount of time required for parties to prepare and exchange submissions (iv) Logistical issues relating to the hearing of the applications/appeals,” the statement read in part.

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