There has to be some humor in lawyer Willis Otieno’s presentation before the Supreme Court of Kenya. Willis’s presentation was full of vigour and emotion as he explained his submission before a seven-judge bench.
Otieno, who is the petitioner’s lawyer, sang the children’s song “Pinky Pinky Ponky” in Dholuo to illustrate how IEBC Chair Wafula Chebukati managed the electoral body.
Willis chose to sing the children’s song as he was describing how Chebukati had reduced the commission’s mandate to child’s play.
“What Chebukati did is what my niece, Mimi, calls ‘Pinky pinky ponky, Paka mielo disko!(means the cat is dancing at a disco),” he said.
“Chebukati calls both Ruto and Raila and he was the only person who knew who the disco would land on. It fell on Ruto and he said, voila, you are the president.”
He questioned if that is the way the IEBC wanted to run the elections.
“Is that how we intend to choose our national executive? We have reduced it to Mimi’s Pinky Pinky Ponky Paka mielo disco” he said
But before he could finish, Justice Smokin Wanjala told him that they were not understanding the words.
“I gave you brotherly guidance. Be careful! That language seems to be alien to this court,’ Smokin said, throwing the courtroom into seconds of laughter.
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