COURT ALLOWS SONKO TO SANCTION CORD LEADERS OVER SABA SABA RALLIES.

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Nairobi senator Mike Sonko lawyers Harrison Kinyanyui and Alphonce Mutinda at Milimani Law Court in Nairobi after Court allowed senator Sonko to pursue a contempt application against the Coalition for Reforms and Democracy (CORD) .

BY SAM ALFAN.

High Court has allowed Nairobi senator Mike Sonko to pursue a contempt application against the Coalition for Reforms and Democracy (CORD) for irresponsible utterances made during the saba-saba rally last month.
Justice Isaac Lenaola allowed Sonko to file the contempt charges against leaders allied to CORD who may have defied the order barring them from making utterances bordering on hate speech during the saba-saba rally held on July 7th at the Uhuru Park.
Sonko wants Senators James Orengo, Johnson Muthama, Otieno Kajwang’ and Elizabeth Ongoro together with former MP Reuben Ndolo jailed for six months or pay a fine of 2 million shillings each for disobeying a court order that had gagged them against incitement remarks.
The leaders have been hitting out at the court over the ruling that was reached after lawyers from all the parties involved in the suit entered consent in court on how the Saba Saba meetings should be conducted.
Among the issues the parties consented on was to hold CORD leaders liable to damages that might occur during the event and leaders not to call for mass action during the meetings.
Sonko had moved to court seeking to bar both Cord and Jubilee from holding political rallies on the ground that the rallies were creating tension in the country.
Nairobi County Senator Mike Sonko moved to court, seeking orders to stop rallies planned by Coalition for Reforms and Democracy (CORD) and the Jubilee Coalition.
The Senator sought in his petition to the High Court that interim orders be issued against the two political coalitions to prevent a breach of peace and violation of fundamental rights and freedoms.
Sonko said based on what he had observed from recent events, it would be dangerous to hold more rallies in different parts of the country as planned by CORD and Jubilee.
He expressed fears that the political animosity witnessed was likely to spread more divisions and may become uncontrollable looking at the ethnic nature of differences emerging.
The Senator further argued that the constitution gives no power to an individual to declare a national public holiday saying doing so would be illegal and killing the spirit of the constitution.

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