Tuju speaks on High Court ruling, says judges were not courteous to Uhuru

Tuesday, May 18th, 2021 08:35 |
Jubilee Secretary General Raphael Tuju. Photo/Courtesy

Jubilee Secretary General Raphael Tuju says those celebrating the High Court ruling on the BBI referendum are dancing on the graves of the victims of political violence.

Speaking to NTV on Monday night, the ruling party SG says the High Court errored in its ruling since the BBI initiative is after uniting the country and ending perennial violence after each election.

Tuju added that though they respect the court verdict, they will not fear it.

"This is not just a legal matter, it is about getting political settlements and BBI is about that. What the court should be doing is helping the process, not breaking it," he said.

The Jubilee SG further accused the High Court of judicial activism and said such rulings risk tearing the country apart.

Tuju said the President has a duty to enhance national unity through supporting initiatives such as the BBI.

"The president has the responsibility for the national unity and he has to work towards that. Judicial activism of this type led to civil war in the US which is the worst ever witnessed in that country," he said.

According to Tuju, the court verdict was the real test on the Kenyan institutions adding that if it was some failed African states, military vehicles would have been on the roads of Nairobi.

The Cabinet Secretary without a portfolio added that the judges were unkind to President Uhuru Kenyatta after they referred to him as 'Mr' despite occupying the highest office in the country.

"If you consider some of the things that were said during the ruling, it is a bit worrying," he said.

"I refer to judges as honourable judge and when I face them I refer to them as my lords. They were not fair to the president," he added.

On the studious silence of President Uhuru on the High Court ruling, Tuju said the Head of State was consulting with his legal officers before publicly commenting on the matter.

The reaction by Tuju comes few days after a five-judge-bench ruled that the BBI referendum is unconstitutional and went on to declare it null and void.

The bench further issued a permanent injunction to IEBC from taking any further step in amending the constitution.

Attorney General Paul Kihara has, however, appealed the decision and the High Court confirmed on Monday the receipt of the appeal.

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