7 July 2014

Kenya: Lawyers Consented to Order on Saba Saba, Says CJ

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Opposition leader Raila Odinga (left) with President Uhuru Kenyatta share a light moment (file photo).

All parties involved in a court case on today’s Saba Saba rally consented to the order holding Cord responsible for any damage, Nairobi Senator Mike Sonko and Chief Justice Willy Mutunga have said.

Sonko, who filed the case, said lawyers for Cord leaders also accepted the ruling that today is not a public holiday, and that the three opposition leaders would not call for mass action.

“It is hypocritical for Cord to accuse the executive of using the judiciary to muzzle democracy and freedom when their own lawyer was in court and accepted the conditions, which the judge then went ahead to record before reading the ruling,” Sonko said.

Cord leader Raila Odinga had written to the CJ, protesting the court’s order. In response, the CJ issued a statement saying a consent order was signed before Justice Isaac Lenaola.

Mutunga said it was clear that Cord was represented in the case. “It is therefore not accurate to state that the order was granted ex-parte and without hearing any representations from the parties,” the CJ said.

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