Why NASA lawyers sought refuge at Raila's home hours before filing petition

Fresh details have emerged on why NASA lawyers were forced to seek refuge at Raila's home

Details have now emerged of how lawyers from the National Super Alliance had a difficult time in compiling the 25,000 page petition challenging President Uhuru Kenyatta’s election victory.

The team of lawyers, co-ordinated by Mr Odinga’s legal adviser Paul Mwangi, were forced to seek refuge at Raila Odinga’s Nairobi residence to evade a crackdown from suspected agents of the State.

According to the Nation, the lawyers had to shift base three times between Wednesday and Friday to evade raids from suspected police and intelligence officers.

They had just under 48 hours to put together a water-tight case for the nullification of the presidential results.

“He gave us 48 hours to put together a solid case. We had to identify a team of about 30 lawyers, many of them volunteers, to undertake the task.

"We had drafters of the petition itself and those handling the affidavits; we had another team dealing with research on law and others analysing the evidence available; it was a big team working round the clock to beat the Friday midnight deadline,” the source said.

The lawyers said they were raided by persons they believe to have been undercover police officers thrice between Wednesday night and Thursday afternoon, forcing them to shift base every time they were raided.

They also worked with a number of clerks who had to be vetted to ensure that they the team was not infiltrated from the other side.

Mr. Orengo acted as the link to the two teams that had distanced themselves from the NASA principals for the 48 hectic hours.

The lawyers revealed the anxiety that gripped them as the Friday midnight deadline fast approached yet heavy work still remained.

"We ended up taking the documents to Raila and Kalonzo to append their signatures on the affidavits at 10pm, just two hours to the deadline,” one of the lawyers said.

The documents were delivered in court at about 10.32 pm by the NASA team of lawyers.

NASA principals are in the meantime expected to meet with the legal team of lawyers on Sunday to discuss the list of lawyers who will prosecute their petition.

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