On fifteenth this month the supreme court of Kenya received a total of 9 petitions relating
to the presidential elections held on 9 th of august. Prior to the hearing of the case, the
supreme courts dismissed the petition filed by Moses Kuria, the outgoing member of
parliament for Gatundu South alongside the former Mbeere South MP Geoffrey King’ang’i, a
petition they filed urging the apex court, to throw out Azimio presidential candidate Raila
Odinga’s suit on grounds that he was involved in election malpractices.
The Supreme Court also rejected 4 other applications, including that of agano party leader
david mwaure’s request, to be enjoined in the case, and that of the president-elect William
Ruto’s request to bar the law society of Kenya (LSK), from being enjoined in the 2022
election petition.  The application to lock out individual independent electoral and
boundaries commission (IEBC) commissioners from the petition has also been rejected.
The applications allowed by the court are those of John Walubengo, Dr. Joseph Sevilla and
Martin Mirero seeking leave to be joined in the petition as friends of the court. 

Also allowed was the application to admit on record, the replying affidavits of four iebc
commissioners – Juliana Cherera, Justus Nyang’aya, Francis Wanderi and Irene Masit.
The number of lawyers representing Raila Odinga, William Ruto and the electoral
commission have been limited to four for each party, the court saying the move was
occasioned by covid-19 protocols, limited space, security and time.
The eagerly awaited Supreme Court verdict on the presidential petitions is scheduled to be
read on Monday of 5 th september, 2022.
Jacob Macheso


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