By Sara Okuoro |
August 18th 2017 at 22:36:34 GMT +0300
NASA has filed a petition at the Supreme Court challenging the declaration of President-elect Uhuru Kenyatta as the winner of the just concluded General Election.
NASA has filed a petition at the Supreme Court challenging the declaration of President-elect Uhuru Kenyatta as the winner of the just concluded General Election. Raila Odinga alleged that the electronic results transmission system was hacked to generate fake results.
The petition which was filed just one and a half hours to the midnight deadline on Friday by NASA's legal team of about 20 lawyers includes a 25,000 page affidavit. In 2013, the Coalition for Reforms and Democracy (CORD) led by Raila Odinga submitted an 800 page document while challenging the presidential results.
NASA leader Raila Odinga accompanied by principals Kalonzo Musyoka, Musalia Mudavadi and Moses Wetangula arrived at the Supreme Court at 11.35pm. The petition was officially filed at 11.42pm.
NASA's senior counsel James Orengo described the General election as a sham, saying he was confident that the 25,000 page document submitted to the Supreme Court will prove the same.
Jubilee Party and IEBC have four days to file their case in regard to the petition submitted by NASA. A pre-trial hearing will be held five days from the date the petition was filed. A seven-bench judge will then begin the proceedings and the Supreme Court will be expected to deliver its judgement within 14 days.
In a statement to the press, NASA had announced that they would file the petiton challenging President-elect Uhuru Kenyatta's win at 3pm on Friday. The Supreme Court said it would remain open until midnight to enable the alliance submit its documents.
At 9pm, Suna East MP, Junet Mohamed spoke to the media giving assuarance that NASA's petition filing was still on course.
“We had said we will not go to court. But there was a clampdown on civil society and determination to silence all voices that could seek legal redress like AfriCOG and the Kenya Human Rights Commission (KHRC). We have now decided to move to the Supreme Court and lay before the world the making of a ‘computer-generated’ leadership,” Raila said on Wednesday.
He was referring to a State crackdown on two civil society groups AfriCOG and KHRC, which have been accused of operating without valid registration and having illegal bank accounts.
Raila said their decision to go to court gives a second chance for the Supreme Court to either ‘redeem itself’ or like in 2013, compound the problems we face as a country.
In 2013, the Supreme Court rejected his petition challenging the presidential results.