President Uhuru Kenyatta and ODM leader Raila Odinga have endured one more blow in court after the Judiciary moved to form a 7-judge bench to hear the allure against the nullification of the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI).
This comes a day after Uhuru went ham on judges during Madaraka Day celebrations, blaming the legal executive for baffling his administration first by invalidating his win in 2017 and halting Raila’s BBI.
In their decision, the three-judge seat dismissed a request by Uhuru and Raila to suspend the initial ruling that halted the BBI reggae.
The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) was permitted to keep discharging its functions but not the referendum.
The judges also declared that the BBI allure would be heard for four days from June 29, 2021, to July 2, 2021.
“IEBC shall continue to discharge its statutory and administrative functions save for dealing with any of the contentious issues arising from the High court judgment relating to the Constitution of Kenya Amendment Bill,” Judge Daniel Musinga said.
This implies that the referendum, which the BBI advocates had scheduled for June, stands suspended until the allure is heard and decided.
Equity Musinga, who was elected Court of Appeal President for take over from Justice William Ouko, will appoint the seven judges entrusted with the matter.