Kenyatta seeks jail term for Raila Odinga over poll boycott
Uhuru Kenyatta of Kenya
London, Oct. 19, 2017 (AltAfrika)- Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta’s party has filed an urgent case at the Supreme Court, seeking to commit opposition leader Raila Odinga and his running mate Kalonzo Musyoka to civil jail for six months for disobeying a court.
The Jubilee Party argues that the mass protests organized by National Super Alliance (NASA) leaders in some parts of the country amounts to disobedience of court order, which directed that the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) conducts fresh presidential election with 60 days.
NASA leaders have organized protests, for the past three weeks, demanding reforms at the electoral body as well as resignation of some IEBC staffers and other officials before the re-run poll.
The protests have led to the deaths of demonstrators in Western Kenya towns.
By a majority decision, the Supreme Court annulled the presidential poll conducted on Aug. 8 and directed the electoral commission to conduct fresh election within 60 days, and in accordance with the dictates of the constitution and election laws.