US Ambassador's New Statement On NASA Lawyers Secretly Meeting Supreme Court Judges
The United States and 16 other European Envoys in Kenya have issued a statement condemning the "malicious" allegations that the Judiciary was compromised during the Presidential petition.
The heads of mission, through US Ambassador Robert Godec, noted that the claims and the documents being peddled around contain false statements that could endanger lives.
"Kenya has witnessed an upsurge in troubling fake news, hate speech, and ethnic profiling. While we support freedom of speech, baseless attacks and lies must stop," Godec's statement read in part.
He urged all leaders from across the political divide to work together to ensure hate speech ends to avoid undermining Kenya's constitution.
"They should ensure the safety of those wrongly attacked, including members of our own mission," he stated.
He called upon the Government and the relevant authorities to investigate those involved in spreading of the "malicious allegations" adding that those found responsible should be held accountable.
"A successful poll will require goodwill and flexibility from leaders and citizens alike. Politics must not be a matter of life or death," Godec explained.
The envoys urged all citizens to maintain peace ahead of tomorrow's full Supreme Court verdict adding that Kenyans should respect the Constitution, its values and the institutions it established.
He reaffirmed their commitment to ensuring that the October election is free, fair and credible noting that the envoys will continue working with IEBC and the public to ensure the fresh presidential election meets all the required standards.
"As partners, we stand with Kenyans who seek to move the country forward and strengthen democracy," the US Ambassador promised.
The Envoys issued the statement after damning revelations emerged alleging that two of the four Supreme Court Judges who nullified President Uhuru Kenyatta's win were in secret communication with NASA lawyers during the Presidential election petition hearing.
Derrick Malika Ngumu, who is the Executive Director of Angaza Empowerment Network, has filed two petitions claiming Deputy Chief Justice (DCJ) Philomena Mwilu and Justice Isaac Lenaola were in contact with lawyers representing the petitioner, Raila Odinga, during the hearing of the case.
The petitions filed with the Judicial Service Commission (JSC) accuse the two Justices of gross misconduct with evidence of phone records and also having met lawyers representing Raila and the Law Society of Kenya (LSK) outside the courtroom during the hearing of the petition.
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