Kenya Supreme Court to top politicians: Keep quiet

March 20, 2013 - 9:30 AM

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — The Kenya Supreme Court is warning the country's top politicians against making sensational statements about the country's disputed March 4 presidential vote.

The six-member bench on Wednesday directed lawyers representing President-elect Uhuru Kenyatta and his main rival Raila Odinga, as well as civic groups, that they risk punishment for public statements that are deemed to undermine the court's authority.

The court is studying petitions submitted by Odinga and by civil groups challenging the election's outcome. Odinga says the process was so flawed that the court should order a new vote.

Kenyatta was named the winner with 50.07 percent.

The court said the media must keep the public informed but that journalists must function "in a fair, impartial and responsible manner."

The court must rule by a week from Saturday.