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November 20, 2017

Supreme Court dismisses treason petition against Raila

NASA leader Raila Odinga addresses his supporters during a church service in Kawangware slums in Nairobi, Kenya October 29, 2017. /REUTERS
NASA leader Raila Odinga addresses his supporters during a church service in Kawangware slums in Nairobi, Kenya October 29, 2017. /REUTERS

The Supreme Court has thrown out a petition to punish Opposition leader Raila Odinga for boycotting the October 26 repeat presidential election.

A lobby group and Pokot South MP David Pkosing sought to have Raila charged with treason.

The MP and the International Institute of Governance argued that calls by NASA to boycott the election were an act of sabotage.

Pkosing wanted the Supreme Court to legitimise President Uhuru Kenyatta's victory by declaring that he was legally elected.

But judges on Tuesday dismissed the petition saying it did not challenge the declaration of Uhuru and William Ruto as president and deputy president elect respectively.

"The matter does not fall under the purview of presidential petitions," the Chief Justice said.

"If this court looses focus and succumbs to pressure to allow all petitions, it will not be able to determine them within stipulated timelines. We decline to grant the prayers but the matter will be heard after the determination of the two petitions before us," he added.

The court has said it will rule on the presidential election petition by Monday.

It dismissed NASA and Jubilee's prayers seeking to join the case, and expunged IEBC memos from the petition proceedings.

More on this: Ruling for presidential petition to be given on Monday - Maraga

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