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Judiciary warns social media sponsors over Supreme Court attacks

The Supreme Court of Kenya has called upon persons sponsoring and executing attacks on social media to disparage the Court to stop.

A press statement sent to newsrooms stated that the Judiciary’s attention has been drawn to a recent wave of sponsored sustained attack targeting the Supreme Court in regards to the judgment it made on the Presidential petition.

The statement noted that the Supreme Court, was established under Article 163(1) of the Constitution 2010 which gives it original exclusive jurisdiction to hear and determine disputes relating to elections to the office of the President.

It further stated that during the judgment the court only did its work pursuant to the provisions of the Constitution, of which it is yet to render its reasoned judgment, which will outline the basis on which the election of the President-elect was upheld.

Following the attacks, the Judiciary is urging Kenyans to exercise patience as they await the full judgment, which will shed light and provide clarity on the grounds and rationale made by the Court.

“There is a legal provision of 21 days following the reading of the short version of the judgment to do so,” said the statement.

The Judiciary also clarified that no Judge of the Supreme Court has written a resignation letter, as claimed in a section of media, because there is no reason to do so.

According to the Judiciary, the seven judges of the Supreme Court are independent and highly respectful of each other as equals, and that the unanimous judgment they make is a collective decision made by the Court and not by an individual.

“The Court is working in harmony as a cohesive unit. There has been an unfortunate trend of isolating individual judges and attributing the judgment to them,” said the statement.

The Judiciary further noted that the Supreme Court is committed to diligently serving the people of Kenya as per the oath of the office that the Judges solemnly took to impartially render justice in accordance with the constitution without any fear, favour, bias, affection, ill will, prejudice or any political, religious or other influence.

By Bernadette Khaduli

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