Kenya protests seek removal of judges who nullified election

by AP

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Supporters of President Uhuru Kenyatta, angry at the Supreme Court’s nullification earlier this month of the August presidential election, protest outside the court in downtown Nairobi, Kenya Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2017. The court invalidated the election in a summary judgement on Sept. 1 and ordered a new election, but announced Tuesday that it will deliver its detailed ruling on Wednesday. (Ben Curtis/Associated Press)

NAIROBI — Dozens of supporters of Kenya’s ruling party have demonstrated outside the Supreme Court demanding the removal of judges who nullified President Uhuru Kenyatta’s re-election in August.

Tuesday’s protests follow three petitions filed asking the Judicial Service Commission to remove Chief Justice David Maraga, Deputy Chief Justice Philomena Mwilu and Justice Isaac Lenaola. The petitions claim misconduct and bias.

Maraga says demonstrations “are clearly intended to intimidate the judiciary.”

Police used tear gas on some protesters.

A non-governmental organization on Monday filed petitions claiming judges had improper contact with lawyers for opposition leader Raila Odinga during his court challenge of Kenyatta’s win. Odinga claimed the election results were rigged. The Supreme Court ruled the electoral commission committed “irregularities.”

Kenya’s electoral commission has set Oct. 17 as the date for new elections.

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  1. Subject: ” Kenya protests seek removal of judges who nullified election, by AP, Sep 19, 2017

    Commentary, 19 Sept 2017
    QUOTE: “Dozens of supporters of Kenya’s ruling party have demonstrated outside the Supreme Court demanding the removal of judges who nullified President Uhuru Kenyatta’s re-election in August.” UNQUOTE

    What does the above quotation mean? The Reader is FORCED to conclude that the Present Day Government of Kenya is an OPEN DICTATORIAL GOVERNMENT. No Ifs and Buts about it. The present Government is obviously determined to maintain its power AT ANY COST. It is so glaringly OPEN.

    Had the judgement of the same Judges were to be in the opposite direction their judgment would have been heralded with glory and full-fledged propaganda about the DEMOCRATIC CHARACTER OF the Modern Day African Leader and GOVERNMENT of the Country. Radios, TVs, News papers and jubilation would have had endless coverage to herald the arrival of NEW AFRICA –– and the SAME judges, who are being crucified today, would have been elevated to the highest pedestal and heralded as the new phenomenon of civilized court system of the country under the most progressive African Leader & Government, never heard of in the history of Africa.

    Wow! Africa is a bottom less source of mystery.

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