Uhuru issues thinly veiled threat to CJ Maraga – VIDEO
His election having been nullified, President Uhuru Kenyatta is clearly on the war path, his target being the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court David Maraga.
Speaking to Jubilee Party supporters on Friday evening at Nairobi’s Burma Market, President Kenyatta appeared to issue a thinly veiled threat to Justice Maraga who headed a six-judge bench which delivered the verdict earlier in the day.
“Wajua uzuri wa sheria, hapo awali nilikua rais mtarajiwa, si ni kweli? Si (Chief Justice David) Maraga na hao watu wake wakora wamesema basi uchaguzi ipotee? Si ndivyo wamesema? Sasa mimi tena sio mtarajiwa! Mimi ni rais ambaye amekalia kiti. Sijui kama mnaelewa? (Justice) Maraga ajue ya kwamba sasa ana deal na rais anakalia kiti,” President Kenyatta said.
The sentiments echoed a similar one that the head of state made earlier on at State House, Nairobi while responding to the ruling.
“I personally disagree with the ruling that has been made today but I respect it as much as I disagree with it. I respect it, I disagree with it because as I have said, millions of people queued made their choice and six people have decided that they will go against the will of the people,” President Kenyatta said in his address to the nation from State House.
The judges who ruled in favour of the petitioner are Chief Justice David Maraga, his deputy Lady Justice Philomena Mwilu, Justice Smokin Wanjala and Justice Isaac Lenaola.
Of the original bench of seven judges, only Justices Njoki Ndung’u and Jackton Ojwang dissented the majority ruling while Justice Mohammed Ibrahim was taken ill early this week.
The ruling now opens a fresh round of campaign leading to what should be another bitter contest for the presidency between Nasa leader Raila Odinga and president Kenyatta 60 days from now.