Limuru, Eldoret protesters demand Uhuru swearing-in, judges out

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Limuru, Eldoret protesters demand Uhuru swearing-in, judges out

Unread post by nowayhaha » Tue Sep 19, 2017 10:32 am ... t_c1638588

Motorists were stranded when residents of Kwambira in Limuru constituency, Kiambu county blocked the Nairobi-Nakuru highway.

The rioters demanded that the Judicial Service Commission fires three judges accused of working with NASA to nullify President Uhuru Kenyatta's win.

The Supreme Court, in a decision by four out of six, judges held that the August 8 presidential election was not conducted within the law hence null and void.

The residents on Tuesday also urged JSC to swear-in Uhuru arguing the latter had won the election fairly.

"The three judges are unfit to swear-in the president. What do you think he will be feeling before them?" James Waweru, a resident, asked.

"The JSC should come up with a way of conducting the swearing-in of the president," he added.

A senior police officer tries to cool down protesters at Kwambira area along the Nairobi Nakuru highway in Limuru constituency, September 19, 2017. /GEORGE MUGO

The residents blocked the road using stones, logs and lit bonfires using motor vehicle tyres at the entrance to Limuru town.

An ambulance that was taking a patient from a Naivasha clinic to Kenyatta National Hospital was forced to break through the cordon.

Motorists were forced to use alternative rural roads to access different places but the protesters entered in the villages blocking them.

Limuru town was also blocked with some burning tyres near Shell Petrol station. This was put out by firefighters to avert an explosion.

Police had a difficult time to remove the demonstrators from the road as the protesters shifting their game plan.

They spread the protest to Kamandura and Rironi along the highway before entering in villages.

The lot was reacting to a petition against CJ David Maraga, Deputy CJ Philomena Mwilu, and Justice Isaac Lenaola.

The three are accused of breaching the Judicial Code of Conduct during the hearing of the presidential petition.

Derrick Ngumu, the executive director of an NGO trading as Angaza Empowerment Network, filed the said petition with the JSC.

He demands that Justice Mwilu and Justice Lenaola be removed from the Supreme Court.

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Protesters warn motorists against going through Kwambira area on Nairobi-Nakuru highway in Limuru constituency during demonstrations on September 19, 2017. /GEORGE MUGO

Limuru MP Peter Mwathi blamed the current unrest on NASA leader Raila Odinga and the apex court, urging the JSC not take the issue lightly.

"Were it not for them, our country could be in peace. We expect the JSC to speedily deal with the issue once and for all," Mwathi said.

In Kikuyu town, residents marched to Gitaru area before blocking the Nairobi-Naivasha highway.

Others spread towards Dagoretti area.

Police at the scene of demonstrations against the Supreme Court in Kikuyu constituency, September 19, 2017. /COURTESY

Protests were also witnessed in Nyambare and Kimende towns in Lari constituency, which is Uhuru's home county.

Raila and Uhuru are expected to face off in a fresh presidential election tentatively slated for October 17.

In Eldoret, business was paralysed for some hours after residents engaged in a peaceful demonstration in solidarity with Uhuru and DP William Ruto.

The Jubilee Party supporters waved twigs and placards at the town, which is Ruto's backyard, saying they will not rest until the judges vacate office.

"We want the President to be sworn in without further delay because he won the August election. Raila should concede defeat instead of holding the entire nation at standstill," one of the protesters said.

Demonstrators pressing for the removal of Supreme Court judges during their protest in Kikuyu constituency, September 19, 2017. /COURTESY

Maraga, in a press statement, said the judiciary will not be cowed to succumb to political pressure following the Supreme Court's verdict.

" Whereas we recognise and respect the rights of citizens to picket as provided in the Constitution, these demonstrations have bordered on violence and are clearly intended to intimidate the Judiciary and individual judges."

"If leaders are tired of having a strong and independent judiciary, they should call a referendum and abolish it altogether. Before that happens, the Judiciary will continue to discharge its mandate in accordance with the Constitution and individual oaths of office," the CJ said.

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