June 05, 2023

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Kenya’s Supreme Court Fails To Hear Election Bid

Kenya’s Supreme Court has been hit by a shortage of judges to hear a petition calling for the cancellation of the repeat election planned for Thursday.

Chief Justice David Maraga said not enough of the court’s seven judges were available to hear the case.

The deputy chief justice’s bodyguard was shot by gunmen on Tuesday.

Mr Maraga said that Philomena Mwilu “was not in a position to come court”. Her bodyguard is receiving treatment at a hospital in the capital, Nairobi.

The Supreme Court annulled the original election in August, saying there had been “irregularities and illegalities”.

Opposition leader Raila Odinga is boycotting the re-run, saying nothing has changed.

President Uhuru Kenyatta, who is seeking a second term, has said the ballot must go ahead.

Five judges are needed for a quorum but Mr Maraga said one colleague was unwell and was out of the country receiving treatment.

Two others were “unable to come to court” and another who is out of the capital “has been unable to get a flight” to be present for the court hearing.

Mr Maraga apologised to all parties.


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