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Kenya’s President Sues Opposition Leader For Contempt Of Court


Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta has moved to court to sue opposition leader Raila Odinga for contempt of court over their no elections call, local Daily Nation newspaper reports

Kenyatta’s ruling Jubilee Party’s Secretary General Raphael Tuju on Thursday accused the opposition NASA coalition of obstructing the training of election officials, particularly in Odinga’s western strongholds.

The president’s case against Odinga is the latest twist in a series of political happenings that have created uncertainty ahead of the October 26 vote.

The August 8 presidential election was nullified by the Supreme Court on September 1. The court cited malpractices in the tallying and transmission processes.


The opposition has been pushing for reforms at the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC), particularly targeting officials it alleges were behind the electoral malpractices in the last vote.

Odinga withdrew from the race last week, saying he would not participate in an election overseen by the IEBC as is currently constituted.

The NASA coalition called for protests to demand those changes.

Jubilee however has brushed NASA’s claims aside, calling them bullying tactics.

President Kenyatta is adamant the election will go on as planned, and is not ready to meet IEBC for deliberations ahead of next week’s vote.


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