CJ: Supreme Court to rule by 5pm Saturday

Written By Michael Maunda on Saturday, March 30, 2013 | 6:11 AM

NAIROBI, Kenya, Mar 30 – Chief Justice Willy Mutunga on Saturday morning said the Supreme Court would issue its verdict in the petitions challenging the election of Uhuru Kenyatta as president by 5pm on Saturday at the latest.

“COMPATRIOTS. The Supreme Court will deliver its decision NOT LATER than 5pm today InshALLAH,” Mutunga tweeted.

The Chief Registrar of the Judiciary Gladys Shollei later restated at a news conference that the decision would be issued on Saturday afternoon, but not later than 5pm.

“The Judiciary wishes to announce that we expect the judgment to be delivered later this afternoon, but in any case not later than 5pm. In any event, we undertake to formally alert the media and the public on the exact time one hour in advance,” she said.

On Friday, Mutunga advised lawyers in the case to keep their cell phones on so that they could be called in the time for the Judgment.

Shollei also used the opportunity to call for peace after the court decision.

“The choice Kenyans and their leadership have made to arbitrate such a difficult dispute in our courts of law in an environment that upholds people’s civil liberties is a testament to our flourishing democracy, which we must continue to uphold and protect.”
Kenyans also used social media to call for peace.

Former radio personality Joshua arap Sang who is expected to stand trial at the International Criminal Court in May is among those calling for unity whether the presidential results will be nullified of not.
“For swearing in to take place we need PEACE likewise for a RE-RUN to take place we need PEACE. Let’s all keep PEACE for EASTER objective,” Sang said on his Twitter account.

“Looking at how Kenyans are waiting for the landmark ruling, it’s like waiting for God’s judgment to know whether its heaven or hell,” Peter Mwangi posted on Facebook.

Murithi Ikirima based in the United States also urged Kenyans to stay united and accept the outcome of the court, “in my humble submission to all Kenyans, let us maintain peace.”