Video:Supreme Court: Keep off tallying centre

Orengo, Kiai and Gladwel Otieno warned against violating Supreme Court rules.
The Supreme Court on Wednesday warned parties to presidential elections petition to keep off the re-tallying centre at Kenyatta International Conference Centre (KICC).

Chief Justice Willy Mutunga said the court had received reports that LANDS Minister James Orengo, activists Maina Kiai and Gladwell Otieno went to KICC where they had an exchange with security officers.

“The tallying centre is an extension of the SupremeCourt, if one wants to go and observe the tallying then they must apply before this court,” he said.

The CJ added: “We warn that we will punish acts that amount to contempt of Court.”

Justice Njoki Ndung’u said only designated agents were allowed at the tallying centres.

Orengo said he was surprised by the accusation saying that there was a misunderstanding as one of the security officers did not recognize him.

He said he met the court’s Registrar Gladys Shollei and had a discussion of what was going on and was satisfied.

“I have always respected the court and am surprised at the allegation. This is the first time such an allegation has been made against me,” he added.

Kiai told the court that he was filming the proceedings and sharing the proceedings in the social media and did not intent to interrupt the exercise.

The Supreme Court is hearing election petitions filed against President-elect Uhuru Kenyatta by among others, Prime Minister Raila Odinga and Africa Centre for Open Governance (Africog).

The court on Monday ordered the re-tallying of presidential votes in 22 polling stations and auditing of all Forms 36 used by the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission in aggregating tallies from Forms 34.

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