Former Chief Justice David Maraga has revisited the Supreme Court’s decision to nullify the 2017 Presidential Election, stating that it was the right thing to do.
In an interview on Thursday night, Maraga noted that he received strange phone calls questioning him on the ruling, an indication that the verdict had been leaked.
The strange phone calls forced him to switch off his phone until after the ruling. According to him, other judges of the bench also received the same calls.
“Just before delivering our verdict, a call came to me.
“Chief Justice what is this I hear,” the person on the other end of the line said.
“What have you heard? I am sorry I cannot discuss a decision we are yet to make,” Maraga replied.
Addressing the decision itself, Maraga noted that he has no regrets over it, adding that if given another chance, he’d do it all over again.
“But we were confident the decision we made was the right one… Given a chance I would do it all again. I do not regret the decision that we took… I swore to serve Kenyans without fear or favour. Serving Kenyans means you decide the case on evidence presented and applying relevant law. That is what we did,” he said.
Maraga added that the ruling set a precedent in the country, and as such, future Supreme Courts will not shy off from annulling an election if it does not meet the set standards.
“We always have contested elections in Kenya. The decision freed future Supreme Courts to be bold in doing what is right when their time comes,” he divulged.