By NATION REPORTER
The Constitutional Court has issued an order barring public discussion on the candidature of Deputy Prime Minister and William Ruto in the next presidential elections until a case before it is heard and determined.
Justice Isaac Lenaola issued the orders on Thursday in response to a petition by three voters and two civil societies seeking to block Mr Kenyatta and Mr Ruto from vying for the Presidency in the next elections.
The petitioners, in their application, reason that Mr Kenyatta and Mr Ruto were rendered ineligible for public office after International Criminal Court (ICC) pre-trial judges confirmed charges against them.
They cite Article 6 of the Constitution on leadership and integrity that they say prevents the two from running for a public office. (READ: Voters in court to block Uhuru, Ruto from Presidency)
The Kenya Youth Parliament and the Kenya Youth League, alongside Patrick Njuguna, Augustino Netto and Charles Omanga, claim that the confirmed charges against Mr Kenyatta and Mr Ruto are serious offences under the Kenyan and International laws.
The petitioners are also seeking an order to permanently restrain the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) from accepting the nomination of any candidate who has been committed to trial for serious criminal charges under the Kenyan and International law.
They also want a declaration that the presumption of innocence in favor of Mr Kenyatta and Mr Ruto should not override the need to uphold the principles of the Constitution.
ICC pre-trial judges confirmed criminal charges against Mr Kenyatta and Mr Ruto and committed them to trial over the 2008 post-election violence. The two have since indicated that they will appeal against the ruling.
This is welcome news and, indeed, a relief, given what these two characters have been scheming to do and that is, take legal matters and discuss them in public in a manner intended not to inform, but to lie to, and confuse the public while at the same time using the issue to incite segments of the population while stoking up tribal animosity and resentment of their target, Raila Amolo Odinga.
Let’s now hope and pray the courts will render the correct and right decision on this issue.
Peace, Unity and Justice