At this point you cannot envy Justice Maranga’s position. This is after the veteran opposition leader Raila Odinga filed the case against the re-election of President Uhuru Kenyatta on Friday 18th August 2017 as per Article 140 (1) which states that “A person may file a petition in the Supreme Court to challenge the election of the President-elect within seven days after the date of the declaration of the results of the presidential election,” of the Constitution states. The Supreme Court has 14 days to hear and determine the petition. As per the Kenyan 2010 constitution these strict timelines includes Saturday and Sundays. With this in mind the Supreme Court will be forced to work over the weekends.
Since this is an inaugural article on this column, allow me to start by celebrating a hero that drove me to human rights. He is Sheikh Munir Mazrui. Apart from being founder of MUHURI and Haki Africa, Sheikh Munir was a Trustee and founder of CICC. He has been in the board since 2001 when the organization was formed. Sheikh Munir is an Islamic Scholar and human rights activist. He was one of the pioneers who started the Ukumbi wa Kislaamu TV show in the KBC. Sheikh Munir is not only the father of Human Rights at the coast region but also the doyen of interfaith and interreligious tolerance. He remains the pinnacle and doyen of democracy and civil liberty at the Coast and Kenya at large. Though old age has caught up with him, at 82 he is still strong and ardent in his quest for freedom and equality.