Kigame Moves To Supreme Court To Challenge IEBC

Khaminwa said they are moving to the Supreme Court because his client wants to participate in the election.

Reuben Kigame, a candidate for the presidency, has claimed that the Court of Appeal’s recent rulings have negatively impacted him in the current case.

Khaminwa said they are moving to the Supreme Court because his client wants to participate in the election.

Less than a week after granting the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission’s request for a stay, a three-judge appellate court bench dealt Kigame yet another setback.

Kigame was unable to persuade the judges to reverse the order they issued last week staying the judgment of Justice Antony Mrima through the assistance of his attorney John Khaminwa.

According to Khaminwa, his client has not been in court or even seen his running mate since Sunday because he has been in prayer.

“The order that was issued last week has had a significant negative impact on him.” “He wants to be a part of the process, and he’s pleading with you to let him,” Khaminwa said.

Khaminwa urged the court to allow Kigame to run for president and become the first disabled president of the Republic of Kenya, claiming that they have the votes.

However, in a brief ruling, justices Wanjiru Karanja, Francis Tuiyott, and Hellen Omondi dashed his hopes by siding with IEBC.

“We had no difficulty finding the appeal arguable, particularly on the question of whether the learned judge can amend the Constitution as alleged by judicial ethics,” the court ruled.

According to Justice Karanja, they unanimously agreed that the application should be allowed, which means that the requested stay orders are granted, and the reasons for their decision will be rendered on Friday this week.

Khaminwa told the court that Kigame, who has been blind since he was three years old, has accomplished a great deal and is a distinguished academic.

“He’s now a PhD student as well as a lecturer at one of the universities,” he explained.

The lawyer went on to say that Kigame has a choir that is not only nationally recognized, but also internationally renowned.

Eric Gumbo, an IEBC lawyer, argued that Judge Mrima erred in ruling that Kigame had presented the required signatures for the presidential election.

“If that finding is upheld, we will essentially be clearing him on the basis of 1,013 signatures, which is against the law,” Gumbo explained.

He went on to say that the process of reprinting ballot papers entails gazettement of candidates, redesign of ballot papers, configuration of the kiems kit, and configuration of the results transmission, all of which take time.

“With only two weeks until the general election, my ladies and my Lord, we cannot afford to have this,” he said.