The opposition shouldn’t fall for Uhuruto’s latest tantrums against the Judiciary hook, line and sinker and start defending the courts the way Jubilee has been defending IEBC. The scheme to make the judiciary look pro-NASA has huge implications for any controversial court ruling in the near future.
Remember, in the case of a botched election on 8/8, a presidential petition is likely to come up in the Supreme Court, which will then decide who is going to be our next president between the two frontrunners (Most likely to be Raila Odinga and Uhuru Kenyatta.)
I think the judiciary is competent enough to defend itself against any allegations and NASA should completely desist from defending it. It is too obvious that the sudden and uncalled for outbursts against the Judiciary, from the president and his deputy, are aimed at getting an equally agitated response from the opposition. This will then make NASA and the courts look like an item, just like Jubilee and IEBC seem to be lying in the same bed.
You can watch the video of Uhuru’s attack on Judiciary here
Here is the catch. In a two-pronged scheme, the president and his deputy are simply setting the stage for a Supreme Court presidential petition ruling after 8/8 elections. Painting the judiciary as pro-opposition now will work to Jubilee’s advantage at the time of the ruling, and here is how.
If the ruling is manipulated in Jubilee’s favour, as it happened in 2013, they will have a good reason to distance themselves from the outcome since they can argue that the courts have in any case been pro-opposition in the past. They will then tell the opposition to accept the ruling and move on! If the opposition calls for riots, you all know who has been put in charge of internal security, not forgetting that the police have been heavily equipped in the recent past.
In the event that the Supreme Court firmly puts its foot down and delivers a ruling unfavourable to Jubilee, they will also have the grounds of rejecting the ruling since they can argue that the judiciary has always been working with the opposition. You have heard them repeatedly talk of a “Nusu-Mkate” gov’t and that might as well be their plan B. Talking about it quite often is one way of preparing the public for such an eventuality.
It is for this reason that the opposition should give Uhuruto’s tantrums against the courts a wide berth and avoid validating their unfounded claims with an answer. The outbursts will then die a natural death. There are so many other important things to talk about such as how the NASA government plans to improve the country’s ailing economy once it takes over power next month and what retirement package is befitting enough for the outgoing president and his deputy if at all they deserve any.
You can also read why fair, transparent and credible elections will be crucial for peace to prevail during and after the 8/8/17 elections HERE