High court judge Said Chitembwe on Monday criticised the Supreme Court decision nullifying the 2017 presidential election saying he didn’t understand the reasoning of the majority.
The majority decision nullified the election of President Uhuru Kenyatta on grounds that transmission of results was not done properly.
Judge Chitembwe is one of the seven shortlisted for the position of Supreme Court judge and was the first to appear before the Judicial Service Commission panel on Monday.
Judge Chitembwe hinted that he was convinced with the dissenting decision of Judge Njoki Ndungu in which she cross-checked all physical forms with complaints made and held that the election was conducted in accordance with the law.
He also wondered why the Supreme Court failed to handle the Wajir Governor academic qualification case by saying that issues should be dealt with by IEBC.
According to Judge Chitembwe, the court ought to have questioned the issue because it is given power under the law to check if a presidential candidate was nominated in accordance with law and has the right qualification.
He wondered why the court didn’t use that law to deal with the case in governors matters.
“If a Form Four drop out is cleared and vies for governor I don’t think my hands will be tied to ask him if he has a degree certificate and how he got it,” he said.
On the issue of corruption he said that though public perception might not be easily fully eliminated he will work towards reducing it.
And for that perception of corruption to reduce he suggests that cases should be heard and determined within a set time frame to ensure there is no delay.