Political expert and advocate Ambrose Weda claims that the Supreme Court proceedings and activities on Wednesday and Thursday concerning the presidential petition against President-Elect William Ruto’s victory have been’smeared’ with politics, particularly by the Azimio La Umoja One Kenya Alliance as the main petitioner.
Weda claimed on KTN News on Thursday evening that politics had taken center stage in the petitions, but that the Supreme Court would eventually rule based on the facts and evidence submitted, rather than the politics of the day or what people were talking about across various social media platforms.
Weda argued in his remarks that Azimio’s flag bearer Raila Odinga, and his running mate Martha Karua, among others, have been sending different messages to their supporters, particularly regarding the integrity of IEBC chair Wafula Chebukati, their request to have him removed from the post, and stating that they would not participate in repeat elections if the court upheld Ruto’s victory while Chebukati was still the chair.
Raila’s camp, according to Weda, is playing politics because they know how the IEBC chair should be removed or replaced and are aware that the IEBC is an independent body with set guidelines.
“When you tell the court to remove Chebukati while knowing that his position is constitutionally protected, you’re playing politics. When you add that if there are repeat polls, Chebukati should not be there, but you are aware that the process of replacing the chair is also political, that is also political.”
“It is, in fact, good politics. However, this politics has required more than simply removing the burden of proof. If there was enough evidence, we might be hearing it all over town.”