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Justice Muchelule declines Raila’s request to join IEBC tribunal hearing

Muchelule declines Raila’s request to join the IEBC tribunal hearing on the conduct of four IEBC commissioners who rejected poll results.

While dismissing the application by Azimio La Umoja, Justice Muchelule who is the chairperson of the tribunal, said there is no valid reason for Azimio to join the proceedings at this time. 

He noted that the coalition’s contribution would not add much to the tribunal.

The judge said a majority of witnesses have testified and only two are yet to give their testimonies. 

“We don’t find a basis has been made to introduce Azimio into these proceedings,” he said. 

He asked the coalition’s lawyer Dunstan Omari to leave the floor of the proceedings since his application was summarily disallowed by the Tribunal.

“We will subsequently give you reasons for this decision but the matter at hand relates to petitions that were filed in the National Assembly which then led to the appointment of this tribunal.

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Lawyer Omari requested that the Raila-led coalition be given the opportunity to comment on the issues that were placed before the tribunal in the case.

Due to the coalition’s involvement in the most recent election, in which William Ruto was pronounced the victor, Omari filed the application as an interested party.

The coalition and its members, especially the leaders, have allegedly been disparaged in the ongoing processes, according to Azimio’s lawyer.

In the spirit of fairness, Omari asked the tribunal to allow the Azimio coalition to defend its name and conduct before the Muchelule tribunal.

“We have filed submissions and authorities that this matter is of great concern to us. It’s important for the tribunal to give us a chance to canvas the issues,” Omari explained. 

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