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Kenya election: System 'cannot be ready' for October poll

Uhuru in charge until next president sworn in AG Muigai Kenya election: System 'cannot be ready' for October poll
Melinda Barton | 20 September, 2017, 03:19

"The presidential election was not conducted in accordance with the constitution, rendering the declared results invalid, null and void", Chief Justice David Maraga said during the court proceeding.

Outside the Supreme Court, where Maraga was speaking, hundreds of Kenyatta's Jubilee Party supporters protested, calling for the removal of two top judges.

The protesters waved placards and shouted slogans against the judiciary and Maraga himself.

The Supreme Court, which gave a summary of its findings when it invalidated Kenyatta's election victory, said it would read its detailed ruling on Wednesday at 0700 GMT.

"These attacks are degrading, demeaning and are meant to intimidate, threaten and cow the institution and the individual judges", Maraga said.

Kenya's independent institutions including the judiciary and the electoral body have come under stinging attack from both sides of the political divide ahead of repeat presidential polls slated for October 17.

They said the court should have ordered for a recount of the votes following a petition filed by the Nasa coalition after Uhuru Kenyatta was declared victor of the August 8 election.

The ruling marked the first time in Africa that a court has nullified the re-election of a sitting leader.

The Chief Justice said that an appeal for additional security for senior judicial officers is yet to be honored despite the myriad threats facing them.

Maraga accused the inspector general of police of "repeatedly ignoring calls to act, exposing judicial officers, property and litigants to danger".

The association's Chair Sango Maewa has told off politicians, saying they should respect the independence of the Judiciary.

"The judiciary has not and will never seek to direct [the executive and legislature] about how to perform their functions", Mr...

He added that the Judiciary will discharge its mandate without fear or favor as Kenya gears up for repeat presidential polls.

But it said the "significant amount of work" can not be finished in time.

He cited the demonstrations outside the court as an example of the rising threats, and threatening messages sent on social media to individual judges and their staff.