When Raila Odinga termed the Supreme Court ”korti bandia” – a bogus court – his usual opposers turned on him hammer and tongs (sorry, learnt this from high school). Eric Ng’eno, President Habakkuk’s speech writer, even claimed Raila had ‘impeached the constitution’. Google what Aden Duale said then. Google what Ahmednasir Abdullahi said then. Google what all these jokers now faking ‘concern’ over the bribery allegations said then.
After Raila Odinga petition; I participated in one more petition. Prof. Edward Akong’o Oyugi Vs Okoth Obado (Migori County). Having lost at the Court of Appeal, Obado petitioned the Supreme Court. During the petition, Obado supporters were bragging not how their case was strong, but how they already had some four supreme court judges on their side.
When you dig elections petitions that the supreme court decided; the shock is not just how the court would come to the two conclusions even when matters pleaded before it were comparatively the same. Here, the Mary Wambui case (against King’ara) vs the Peter Munya case come to mind.
The supreme court so fundamentally messed itself in the Raila Odinga that it fucked up in every single election petition thereafter. In fact, when you look at the electoral cases it decided after Raila, you realize most appellants to it relied on the Raila case to cling to power. Even more egregious, most appellant picked on the ‘victorious’ supreme court lawyers -the Ahmednasir Abdullahis of this world – to argue their cases.
Tell me any case Oraro & Co handled after losing Raila case and I’ll tell you so many cases that came the way of the ‘victors’ of the presidential petition.
What offended me more in the Obado case is not that he survived, nay, what really annoyed me is that after the supreme court judges ate omena from Obado; they put the cost of the petition from the high court, the court of appeal and the supreme court on the first respondent – on Prof. Oyugi!
Anyway, mine with the Supreme Court ended on March 30, 2013. Future electoral conflicts will first be resolved elsewhere.