Wednesday, September 19, 2018
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Brave Kenya CJ Defies Odinga, Casts His Vote

Kenya’s Chief Justice David Maraga made history when, along with three of his colleagues, he annulled the August presidential election.

He later said he was “prepared to pay the ultimate price” to protect the rule of law, criticising attempts to “intimidate the judiciary” from protesters who were unhappy with the Supreme Court ruling which declared the poll “invalid, null and void” – leading to fresh presidential elections.

Yesterday he cut a lone figure in the Supreme Court when he announced that the court was unable hear a petition calling for a delay of the re-run because not enough judges were available to hear the case. Only two of seven Supreme Court judges attended the hearing when they needed five to make a binding decision.

Today he has been pictured casting his vote.

Meanwhile, police and opposition supporters have clashed in Kibera – an opposition heartland the capital, Nairobi.

The main opposition leader Raila Odinga has called on his supporters to boycott the vote, advising them to stay at home.

Instead, some have been blocking access to polling stations.

Opposition supporters have brought machetes and rocks to their election protests.

BBC

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