Head of Missions to Kenya regrets Supreme Court’s lack of quorum in poll postponement case

Foreign Envoys to Kenya []

About 15 Heads of Missions in Kenya, have aired voiced their discontentment with the Supreme Court.

The envoys in a joint statement said they regret postponement of a petition seeking to stop repeat polls.

The petition was lodged with the Supreme Court by three Kenyans voters but it could not be heard due to quorum hitch.

Only the Chief Justice David Maraga and Justice Isaac Lenaola turned up for the case on Wednesday.

Justices Njoki Ndungu, Mohammed Ibrahim, Smokin Wanjala and Deputy Chief Justice Philomena Mwilu were absent for various reasons.

Maraga in his apology said the case cannot be heard since they lack quorum. He said it will be heard at a date to be communicated later.

But the envoys in a statement took a dig into the issue stating as Daily Nation quotes “We regret that the Supreme Court was unable to hear today’s case that raised important questions regarding the election. We would have preferred that the case be heard before the election. We strongly deplore any attempts to obstruct the judicial process.”

The statement was jointly written by envoys from US, European Commission, Finland, Norway, Australia, United Kingdom, Switzerland, Sweden, Germany, Netherlands, Denmark, France, Canada, Italy and Belgium.

They urged Kenyans to remain peaceful during and after the polls.

They further condemned an attack on DCJ Philomena Mwilu

Mwilu’s official car was on Tuesday sprayed with bullets and her driver injured. The unknown gunmen later took away with his pistol.

Mwilu was however, not in the car at the time. She had just been dropped at her Karen residence.

“Our governments have watched the unfolding developments around Kenya’s fresh presidential election with profound sadness. We had hoped and have repeatedly called for Kenyans to come together to hold a better election in line with the historic order of the Supreme Court on September 1,” further read the statement.