Blow to Raila as Muchelule Rejects Azimio Application

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    A photo of Justice Aggrey Muchelule.
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  • Azimio La Umoja One Kenya Coalition was on Tuesday, January 23, blocked from taking part in the ongoing proceedings before Justice Aggrey Muchelule's Tribunal.

    While dismissing the application by Azimio La Umoja, Justice Muchelule noted that the coalition's contribution would not add much to the tribunal.

    He asked the coalition's lawyer Dunstan Omari to leave the floor of the proceedings since his application was summarily disallowed by the Tribunal.

    "We will subsequently give you reasons for this decision but the matter at hand relates to petitions that were filed in the National Assembly which then led to the appointment of this tribunal.

    Azimio Chief Raila Odinga arrives at the Kamukunji Grounds for a consultative forum on Wednesday, December 7, 2022.
    Azimio Chief Raila Odinga arrives at the Kamukunji Grounds for a consultative forum on Wednesday, December 7, 2022.
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    "The question at hand will be whether the petitions raise sufficient grounds to enable us to make recommendations for the removal of the IEBC commissioners," Muchelule explained.

    In the application, lawyer Omari asked the tribunal to allow it to ventilate on the matters that were brought before the court. 

    Omari made the application as an interested party, on grounds that the coalition took part in the last election in which William Ru to was declared the winner. 

    Azimio's Lawyer also claimed that the coalition and its members, particularly the leaders, have adversely been mentioned in the ongoing proceedings. 

    In the spirit of fairness, Omari asked the tribunal to allow Azimio coalition to defend its name and conduct before the Muchelule tribunal. 

    "We have filed submissions and authorities that this matter is of great concern to us. It's important for the tribunal to give us a chance to canvas the issues," Omari explained. 

    In response, Muchelule told Omari that the matter before the tribunal did not require the direct participation of the Azimio la Umoja One Kenya Coalition. 

    "I do not see in the affidavit filed in support of the application any indication that if this tribunal recommends or does not recommend the removal of commissioners, that the decision is going to affect the Azimio la Umoja One Kenya Coalition," Muchelule explained. 

    He further noted that the Azimio la Umoja One Kenya Coalition will not suffer any prejudice by not taking part in the proceedings since the matter does not directly affect them. 

    File image of lawyer Danstan Omari outside a Nairobi Court in 2019
    Renowned lawyer Danstan Omari outside a Nairobi Court in 2019
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