Azimio question Usefulness of the Supreme Court in Kenya’s democracy

  • Azimio’s top leadership has questioned the relevance of the Supreme Court in judging presidential election petitions
  • Led by Raila Odinga, Azimio wants the Kenyans to evaluate the Apex Court as to whether it serves its intended purpose
  • They heavily criticized the Supreme Court’s reasons for rejecting the 2022 presidential election bid

Azimio la Umoja A leadership of the Kenya Coalition Party led by Raila Odinga has urged Kenyans to reconsider the role of the Supreme Court in Kenya’s electoral process.

Martha Koome during the hearing on the President’s petition. Photo. The Judiciary of Kenya.
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In a statement to the newsroom on Thursday, September 29, Azimio’s top politicians called the Martha Koome-led bank the weakest link in the quest for democracy.

“Kenyans need to examine whether the Supreme Court is serving the purposes for which it was established,” the report said.

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In her critique of the Supreme Court’s reasoned ruling, Azimio questioned the language used by the judges in delivering the verdict.

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They called the reasoning of the seven-member judges’ chamber “hot air” and said the verdict lacked both factual and legal integrity.

“In our view, and we feel entitled to use the language of the court, the full decision is unfounded and just ‘hot air’.” We therefore reiterate our objections to the judges’ reasoning. It lacks integrity in both fact and law and is based on no discernible logic,” Raila said as reported by Citizen.

The ODM leader, while insisting that the results of the 2022 presidential election remain illegitimate, urged Kenyans not to give up hope in the fight for democracy.

“We consider the election result to be completely illegitimate and call on Kenyans not to lose faith in the fight for democracy,” Azimio said.

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Azimio is demonstrably lamenting the dismissal

The Azimio leadership criticized the Supreme Court for rejecting their evidence relating to alleged unauthorized access to IEBC systems, alleged interference with Forms 34As by outside parties and alleged forgery of Forms 34B as opposed to the original Forms 34As

Azimio further wondered why the Koome-led bank found the alleged suppression of the numbers by postponing the gubernatorial elections in Mombasa and Kakamega irrelevant in its ruling.

Raila’s team insisted that President William Ruto did not receive 50% +1 of the votes cast, as required by the Constitution.

Supreme Court ruling

The development follows the move by Supreme Court justices to dismiss the petition on the consolidated results of the presidential election challenging Ruto’s victory in the State House race.

In the landmark judgment of Monday September 5, the Chief Justice dismissed the evidence submitted by the petitioners.

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Koome, for example, said there was no evidence the Forms 34A were intercepted and processed before they were uploaded to the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) portal, as claimed by Raila.

“There is no credible evidence to prove RTS’s access to intercepting and altering Form 34A before they were uploaded to the IEBC portal. There was also no evidence that the forms uploaded were tampered with,” Koome said.

Koome also dismissed Julie Soweto’s connection of Jose Carmago with election interference, calling it “double hearsay and hot hair”.

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