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BBI: Kang’ata, Omanga laud Raila for his remarks on High Court ruling

By Bosco Marita
Saturday, May 15th, 2021 22:09 | 2 mins read
President Uhuru Kenyatta and ODM leader Raila Odinga after receiving BBI Report. PHOTO: PSCU

Murang'a Senator Irungu Kang'ata and his Jubilee nominated counterpart Millicent Omanga have lauded ODM leader Raila Odinga's statement on the High Court ruling that stopped the BBI referendum.

On Saturday, Raila, for the first time, spoke on the ruling where he urged BBI supporters to respect the court verdict.

He also urged proponents of the BBI to refrain from criticizing the ruling adding that the ultimate goal is to strengthen Judiciary rather than weakening it through unnecessary criticism.

Raila's remarks have won the admiration of Tangatanga leaders, who in all appearances, celebrated the court verdict.

Senator Kang'ata, who spoke to People Daily, said it is impressive that Raila respected the court orders.

He says the ODM leader's sentiments is not a surprise since the court made the right decision based on the law.

"Court did its work and every Kenyan now agrees it was a watertight decision. Its decision does not shock anyone," he said.

Senator Kang'ata also praised ANC Party leader Musalia Mudavadi for his earlier statement where he called for respect of court orders.

"I am happy all leaders, including Raila and Mudavadi, are now appreciating courts should be respected and their decisions are binding. That's the spirit that's needed," he added.

Senator Omanga on her part said: "I like Baba's statement and the respect he accords the judiciary even if he doesn't agree with its rulings."

The DP on Friday called for the adherence of court orders and asked Kenyans to defend independent institutions.

Raila, however, stated that he was disappointed by the ruling of the five-judge bench and said they will appeal the verdict.

“We will calmly and respectfully move to the Court of Appeal to present our case as to why we think the High Court did not render the right verdict. We will do so with sobriety and with respect for our judges and courts” he said.

The High Court on Thursday dismissed the BBI referendum and declared it null and void.

The High Court ruled that crucial processes were flawed thus rendering the whole process null and void.

The court further issued a permanent injunction to the IEBC directing it not to take a further step in amending the constitution.

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