UDA’s Veronica files a petition at the high Court on Friday, August 26, accusing Uhuru for staging Azimio leaders’ petition, disputing Presidential results.
Raila and Karua want Ruto, who was declared president-elect on August 15 following a tight presidential race, to be blocked from taking the oath of office.
“The substance and purpose of the current petition are no different. Secondly, the State apparatus, controlled by the Commander-in-Chief, who has doubled up as the Chairperson of the Azimio la Umoja One Kenya Coalition, has unashamedly spared no effort to ensure that the ninth respondent is not sworn in as the Fifth President of the Republic of Kenya,” her petition read in part.
Veronica noted that Uhuru has been part of a scheme that would see Raila succeed him for the country’s top job by using state machinery including the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI).
She reiterated that the demands by the Azimio team for the DCI to produce information regarding the Venezuelans incarcerated at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) is part of the game plan to block Ruto from ascending to power.
She further added that the detectives arrested Kenya Kwanza party officials and deployed spies to track their activities. She also alleged that Uhuru used chiefs and other state officers to suppress voters and control the grassroots to push for Raila’s presidency.
According to Veronica, Cabinet Secretaries openly endorsing Raila was part of Uhuru’s succession plan.
“The outgoing President has with bravado encouraged State officers and public servants, from Cabinet Secretaries to Chiefs, to County Commissioners, to engage in intimidation and harassment of supporters of the ninth respondent,” she stated.
“The Directorate of Criminal Investigations, based on ‘orders from above’ undertook a series of false arrests, confiscation of electronic equipment from people related to the party and the candidate, and illicit surveillance of supporters of the 9th Respondent; targets were politicians, IT personnel, Party and Secretariat premises, and technical staff,” she added.
In her compliance with the high court in the land, Veronica urged the judges led by Chief Justice Martha Koome to uphold Ruto’s victory.
She maintained that the process was transparent, applauding the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) for conducting credible polls.
Veronica also put away claims raised by the four dissenting commissioners arguing that they were out of order since the law stipulates that IEBC chairperson, Wafula Chebukati, is the national returning officer.
She accused the four commissioners led by the IEBC vice chairperson of escaping their duties, thus undermining the commission’s mandate.
Through his battery of 54 lawyers, Ruto also dismissed allegations raised by Azimio and other petitioners, maintaining that he won the August 9 polls fairly.
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Following their response, the Supreme court led by Chief Justice Martha Koome is set to deliver a ruling on September 5