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Jubilee leaders to push for referendum to reduce Judiciary powers

A section of Jubilee leaders have vowed to push for a referendum after the August elections to slash powers of the Judiciary.

Cabinet Secretary for Devolution Mwangi Kiunjuri and Kieni MP Kanini Kega were reacting to a recent High Court ruling where Judge George Odunga nullified a Sh2.5 billion tender for printing ballot papers saying it will affect the electoral body timelines.

This ruling rubbed some lawmakers from the Jubilee side the wrong way saying the judiciary of overstepping its mandate.

According to the CS, the referendum will be aimed at abolishing some section of the constitution that give courts absolute powers.

HELD HOSTAGE

“From how we have seen things going, a referendum is eminent. Judiciary has really taken other arms of government hostage,” said Mr Kiunjuri during a press conference Thursday evening in Nyeri.

The duo said the judiciary is sabotaging the electoral process after making several rulings against Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission but favoured the Opposition.

“How sure are we that the same Judiciary will not nullify the second tender and what will happen?” asked Mr Kiunjuri.

He said the Judiciary has already taken side and its leaning on the opposition side adding that they know judges who have already taken sides.

The Opposition, he said, has already shown signs that it is not ready for the elections since they have not agreed on who will be their flag bearer. They are now using courts just to make sure elections don’t take place on August 8, this year.

EXTENDED REGISTRATION TIME

Mr Kega said the referendum will focus on stripping the Judiciary some powers. He said that the courts instead of interpreting the laws, were making them.

“From the look of things, the Judiciary will soon start electing the President, church bishops and IEBC commissioners. This is unacceptable, ” said the MP.

The two leaders also condemned the decision by High Court Justice Enoch Chacha to add more three days for mass voter registration.

They said Jubilee MPs will not allow the extension of the elections date noting that they are ready to go for it.

“Kenyans are ready for elections and there is no way a few individuals can hold the country at ransom,” lamented Mr Kega.

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