‘We are not computer-generated leaders’: Uhuru responds to NASA petition

President Uhuru Kenyatta prepares his defence against the NASA petition at the Supreme Court challenging presidential election results, August 24, 2017. /PSCU

President Uhuru Kenyatta has said he defeated Raila Odinga fairly in the August 8 general election.

In response to NASA’s petition at the Supreme Court, Uhuru said he and DP William Ruto are not computer-generated leaders.

“The electoral victory was effected by the Kenyan voters,” Uhuru said in an affidavit on Thursday.

His legal team, including Katwa Kigen, Ahmednasir Abdulahi, Evans Monari and Tom Macharia, is currently filing his defence at the Supreme Court.

President Uhuru Kenyatta’s lawyer Tom Macharia files documents in response to NASA’s Supreme Court petition, August 24, 2017. /JOSEPH NDUNDA

Uhuru had until today to file his response to the petition seeking to annul his re-election.

“We are confident that there is nothing to worry about in the petition,” Ahmednasir told journalists.

The lawyers said the documents are voluminous and might take between 30 minutes and one hour to file.

IEBC and its chair Wafula Chebukati are also respondents in the matter.

Uhuru was declared winner of the presidential election on August 11 with a 54 per cent against Raila’s 44 per cent, hence avoiding a runoff.

But in their 25,000-page petition, NASA claims the electoral agency manipulated votes in the President’s favour.

The defence argues that the claims are “couched in generalities and misconceived”.

“The tallying process confirmed that Uhuru garnered the largest number of votes and satisfied the constitutional threshold,” Uhuru’s response reads.

He says in his affidavit that the election was free and fair.

Jubilee lawyers Evans Monari and Ahmednasir Abdulahi at the Supreme Court after filing response to NASA’s petition challenging the presidential election results, August 24, 2017. /JOSEPH NDUNDA

Parties will converge in court on the seventh day for an interlocutory application where they are expected to frame contested and uncontested issues in the petition.

Other parties wishing to join the case will apply to be enjoined.

On the eighth day, parties will have a pre-trial conference where together with the court, they will agree on how the hearing will proceed.

The Supreme Court decision must be delivered on September 1.

It will be heard by Chief Justice David Maraga, judges Mohamed Ibrahim, Prof Jackton Ojwang’, Dr Smokin Wanjala and Lady Justice Njoki Ndung’u.

Apart from Maraga, the other judges arbitrated the 2013 petition and will now be joined by deputy Chief Justice Philomena Mwilu, and Justice Isaac Lenaola.

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