CJ Willy Mutunga appoints five judges to hear security laws case

Chief Justice Willy Mutunga appointed five judges to hear the case challenging the suspension of eight security laws on Tuesday. They are Justice Isaac Lenaola, Mumbi Ngungi, Hillary Chemitei, Hedwig Ong’udi and Joseph Onguto.

Mutunga asked them to give their findings on or before February 13 when a decision will be made. This comes a day after Director of Public Prosecution Keriako Tobiko appealed the suspension of the laws.

Tobiko said that stopping the government from enforcing the anti-terror laws will compromise public interest. He and Attorney General Githu Muigai told three Appeal Court judges to lift the suspension as it was given in error of law.

The sections suspended by judge George Odunga are 12, 16, 26, 29, 48, 56, 58 and 64. Odunga gave the orders following an application by the Cord coalition.

 

Lawyer in court seeking to have Ruto Sworn In As President

Lawyer Felix Kiprono has moved to court to compel  Chief Justice Willy Mutunga to swear-in acting President William Ruto as the President of Kenya.

This comes a day after President Kenyatta handed over power to Ruto in a joint session at the parliament.

The petitioner claims that Uhuru Kenyatta’s address to parliament on Monday amounted to resignation through power-transfer.

The case was certified as urgent.

Kiprono who is also a human rights activist has previously been  involved in a suit which sought to block President Kenyatta from attending his trial at the ICC, saying that doing so would “violate Kenya’s sovereignty.”