Raila says Cord will go to court over Wetang’ula’s removal

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RailaCORD leader Raila Odinga will go to court if the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission strike his co-principal Moses Wetang’ula from the voter’s register.

Raila yesterday said the coalition had instructed a team of lawyers to urgently review the case and advice it on the best way forward.

“There was a case conclusively dealt with by the courts. Jubilee is now using the courts to intimidate and weaken the opposition,” the former Prime Minister told the Star.

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On Friday, Senate Speaker Ekwee Ethuro gazetted the Supreme Court report that upheld a lower court’s verdict against Wetang’ula over the election offences of voter bribery and treating.

“I did what I did because the law requires me to do so. But the implication of the gazette notice lies elsewhere,” Ethuro told the Star.

The offences were found to have been committed during Wetang’ula’s 2013 campaigns after a successful petition against his election. He appealed against the offences and was allowed to defend his seat in the subsequent by- election.

The Elections Act provides that upon gazettement of the report, the IEBC chairman will consider the report and delete Wetang’ula’s name from the register of voters.

Raila and Kalonzo Musyoka, the third Cord co-principal, want Wetang’ula, who is also the Ford Kenya party leader, to remain on the register until he is afforded a fair hearing by the commission.

The Senator for Bungoma is the only Cord leader to have been elected to Parliament and speaks on behalf of the coalition in both Houses.

– the-star.co.ke

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