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Obado summoned by Supreme Court over deragatory remarks

04 April 2014, 18:33 William Korir

Nairobi - Ousted Migori governor Zachariah Obado has been summoned by the supreme court next week to explain alleged comments made over his election petition loss.

Obado is alleged to have made the comments in the aftermath of the petition loss which nullified his election win at the court of appeal.

He is said to have questioned the decision, terming it politically instigated and lacking in real substance, saying it needed to be taken to a higher court.

Supreme court judge Mohammed Ibrahim called on Obado to appear before the court Tuesday to explain his comments and why they should not be interpreted differently.

In a case which he is challenging the Court of Appeal’s ruling that denounced him as the successful gubernatorial election outcome candidate for Migori County, judge Ibrahim ordered that whether Mr Obada appears before him with or without his lawyer he should explain why he should not be sued for contempt of Court.

The judge further ordered that the Governor will not be given a hearing in the case if he does not explain his actions.

 " In order to protect the dignity of courts and fairness, Mr. Obado is hereby ordered to personally appear in Court on April 8 at 10.00a.m to show cause why he should not sued for Contempt of Court,” Justice Ibrahim said.

In a statement to the media soon after the Court of Appeal judges ruled on his election petition, Mr Obado allegedly stated that the said Court’s ruling could not be relied on for the realization of Justice.

He also allegedly blamed political bigwigs in Nyanza of having an interest with the case and hence manipulated the outcome.

"The ruling of the Court of Appeal cannot be relied on for realization of justice, there are indications that political bigwigs in Nyanza had interest in the case, there was a lot of manipulation. This was like a lynch mob; the verdict was not reached at under legal grounds but on political factors, this must stop for Kenyans to have justice. Some political parties are busy interfering with justice and they think this will help. We are past this and what we need is development,” the statement to the media read.

The judge said that if the said remarks are true Mr Obado should be sued for contempt of Court as the Court would not permit such conduct which lowers the dignity of the justice system.

"One cannot come to seek and get remedy and justice in court, then at the same time make such offensive remarks , the Court will not allow such conduct, unless and until he explains the statement that he made, he shall not be heard in this case,” said the judge.

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