Names of Seven Judges To Hear BBI Cases Revealed

With a hearing of Kenya’s Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) case five days away, a seven-bench judge has been constituted to handle the case.

Justices Roselyn Nambuye, Hannah Okwengu, Patrick Kiage, Gatembu Kairu, Fatuma Sichale, and Francis Tuiyot were appointed by Court of Appeal President Daniel Musinga.

Musinga’s led team is set to hear and determine the case between June 29 and July 2.

President Uhuru Kenyatta, opposition leader Raila Odinga, BBI secretariat, and the Independent and Electoral and Boundary Commission (IEBC) had filed separate applications challenging the High Court’s decision that declared the initiative null and void.

High Court judges Joel Ngugi, George Odunga, Jarius Ngaah, Chacha Mwita, and Teresiah Matheka on May 13 bar President Uhuru Kenyatta’s led team from amending the country’s constitution, saying the law was not followed.

All eyes will be on Justice Daniel Musinga as this is the first case he is handling while heading the appellate court. He was the Court of Appeal boss last month.

During a case management conference on the BBI case that took place early this month, he said the hearing shall be heard at an open court in a venue to be arranged in compliance with the Covid-19 protocols.

He also gave the applicants freedom to reply to the respondent’s submissions limited to 30 minutes.

Musinga added that the consolidated appeal shall be heard by written submissions within oral highlights limited to two hours for each appellant and respondent.

The respective submissions shall be limited to 40 pages, font 12, 1 & 1/2 spacing. 

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