In Summary

  • Mr Kiunjuri and Mr Kega said the Judiciary is sabotaging the electoral process in making several rulings against the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission.
  • The two leaders also condemned Justice Chacha's decision to add three more days to the mass voter registration drive.

Some Jubilee leaders have vowed to push for a referendum after the August elections to slash the powers of the Judiciary.

Devolution Cabinet Secretary Mwangi Kiunjuri and Kieni MP Kanini Kega were reacting to a recent High Court ruling in which Judge George Odunga nullified a Sh2.5 billion ballot paper printing tender saying it will affect the electoral body's timelines.

This ruling rubbed some lawmakers from the Jubilee side the wrong way and they accused the Judiciary of overstepping its mandate.

According to the minister, the referendum will be aimed at abolishing a section of the Constitution that gives courts absolute powers.

HELD HOSTAGE

“From how we have seen things going, a referendum is imminent. The Judiciary has really taken other arms of government hostage,” said Mr Kiunjuri during a press conference Thursday evening in Nyeri.

The duo said the Judiciary is sabotaging the electoral process in making several rulings against the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission but favouring the Opposition.

“How sure are we that the same Judiciary will not nullify the second tender and what will happen?” asked Mr Kiunjuri.

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