Politicians must interpret court verdict correctly and stop insults

Sunday September 10 2017

I am not quite conversant with the role of the Judiciary as stipulated in our Constitution but I think it would be prudent for the Supreme Court to give a comprehensive but simple judgment on the Nasa petition for the benefit of the common mwananchi.

This should be so because some politicians have already misinterpreted the verdict on the presidential election petition to the extent of polarising the nation.

The judgment handed down by Chief Justice David Maraga was not clearly understood by wananchi, who possess the bulk of the votes.

Now politicians, with their vagueness and dishonesty, are branding others “vote thieves”, which, to me, is crude and unfair. The CJ did not call anybody a thief.

In my understanding, the CJ ruled that the presidential election was not well-conducted and was marked by many irregularities and illegalities.

He ruled that it should be conducted afresh by the same Independent and Electoral Boundaries Commission within 60 days. He never said it should be managed by another commission. He would have recommended the disbandment of the IEBC if he found fault with it.

MALIGNING OTHERS

I am worried about how the opposition National Super Alliance, which is led by Mr Raila Odinga, has misused the verdict to the extent of abusing President Uhuru Kenyatta by calling him names as if he was found guilty by the CJ. Nowhere in the judgment was the President described as being guilty.

Similarly, Jubilee Party led by President Kenyatta has launched a crusade against the Supreme Court, claiming its ruling was political.

It is not fair to keep using the verdict to malign others. I wonder why these politicians are never taken to court for using abusive language.

No matter how ambitious we are, we should not forget that we have our children watching us. They are noticing how some of our politicians disrespect the Head of State and how they use abusive language towards their opponents.

To save the country from destruction, the Judiciary should stand firm regarding its verdict and command the opposition to adhere to its ruling without fail.

Agitation for the disbandment of the IEBC is immaterial at this stage and uncalled for. Let the same Judiciary that made the ruling show the way forward.

In fact, the election should go on as ordered by the Judiciary. If the opposition presidential candidate does not want to participate in the poll, let him do so.

MPs have already been sworn in and are waiting for whoever will win the presidential race on October 17 to lead them. We should not agree to be held hostage by one or two individuals.

Kenyans have been patient because they want peace. They do not want a crisis similar to the one that ensued after the 2007 General Election.

Kenyans want to go back to work to earn a living and bring up their children, looking forward to a better future.

 

MICHAEL M GITURA, via email.