Uhuru, Raila Beat Activist in Court

  • President Uhuru Kenyatta and former Prime Minister Raila Odinga. The two emerged triumphant in a court case challenging their joint project. Twitter
  • President Uhuru Kenyatta and former Prime Minister Raila Odinga, on Wednesday, October 9, emerged victorious in a court case that was challenged by the Building Bridges Initiative.

    According to a report by K24 TV, the petitioner, activist Moraa Gesicho, had claimed that the taskforce behind BBI was not constituted legally.

    She further claimed that the president had no powers to consult the leader of the opposition on how the country should be governed and demanded that it be suspended.

    In his ruling, however, Justice Weldon Korir of the Constitutional and Human Rights Division threw out the case, explaining that Gesicho couldn't prove that she could suffer prejudice if the report reached to the president.

    Activist Moraa Gesicho
    Activist Moraa Gesicho who filed a petition claiming that President Uhuru Kenyatta's BBI team was illegally constituted.

    After the activist filed the petition on September 18, 2019, lawyers from the BBI team responded by asking the court to dismiss it.

    They further argued that Gesicho's move was an abuse of the court and that she used the petition to gain political mileage.

    “BBI stands to be greatly prejudiced if it is not afforded an opportunity to be heard in the present petition,” argued the team.

    They also claimed that they were soliciting views from across the country which constituted public consultation.

    Taskforce behind Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) which Activist Moraa Gesicho
    Taskforce behind Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) which Activist Moraa Gesicho claims was constituted illegally.