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Activist Okiya Omtatah opens up on Justice Lenaola ‘threats’

By Mercy Simiyu September 15th, 2022 2 min read

Busia Senator Okiya Omtatah says a Supreme Court judge recently threatened him.

Also a renowned activist, Omtatah made the claim in a television interview.

He says he was reportedly threatened by Justice Isaac Lenaola, via Whatsapp.

Justice Lenaola was part of a six-judge bench that heard and determined the 2022 presidential petition.

As a result, he crossed paths with Omatatah who petitioned the apex court seeking nullification of President William’s electoral win on grounds he did not achieve the 50% plus one of all votes cast.

I doubt if I lost the case,” Omtatah said in the interview with JKL.

“They (Judges) said they dismissed it. It doesn’t mean I lost it, it means they ran away from it. I don’t regret it, I would do it again but would want a different bench of judges,” he said.

“Even one of the judges we are fighting right now…a Supreme Court Judge threatened me on WhatsApp. Justice Lenaola threatened me…he said twende kazi na tutaenda kazi (let’s go down that road and see what happens.”

Omtatah has vowed to stand firm in pursuit of justice despite the threats.

“Especially coming from a judge of the Supreme Court, I have litigated before you, and you come and threaten me, you don’t get away with it.”

“That is why I say I don’t think my case was addressed, it was dismissed yes, but I don’t think it was addressed.”

“The petition cost me but I believed in it. I paid roughly Ksh. 1.5 million to prosecute that case. I tried to get money from Azimio but they could not give me. I had to use my money to file the case and argue it.”

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