The Oasis Reporters
November 20, 2017
He first dismissed them angrily as a bunch of rascals when Kenya’s Supreme Court judges annulled his presidential election win a few months back by listening to the plea of the veteran opposition candidate, Raila Odinga and ordered a re-run because of irregularities in the presidential election.
Today, Monday November 20, 2017, The Supreme Court of Kenya has dismissed two petitions seeking to nullify once again, Uhuru Kenyatta’s win in the re-run election.
Recall that the president, Mr. Uhuru Kenyatta, son of the first president of Kenya, Jomo Kenyatta was exasperated and angry because international observer monitors led by former US secretary of state, John Kerry had adjudged the initial presidential election free and fair.
Obviously, the monitors must have closed their eyes to the brutal assassination of Chris Msando, the ICT manager at the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) , who was in charge of the electronic voting system, obviously killed with his body showing signs of alleged torture on 31 July, three days after he had been declared missing in Nairobi, which just about enough to send a chill up anyone’s spine.
Roselyn Akombe too, a senior official of Kenya’s electoral commission quit the job and fled to the United States, because in her judgment, the current electoral system was not fit to meet the basic expectations of a free, fair, and credible election.
Still Kenyatta participated in the rerun poll that was largely boycotted by the opposition deepening acrimony and sparking further protests. Opposition leader Raila Odinga’s decision to boycott the October vote, handed Kenyatta a 98 percent victory.
“The court has unanimously determined that the petitions are not merited. As a consequence, the presidential election of 26 October is hereby upheld as is the election of the third respondent,” said Chief Justice David Maraga, referring to Kenyatta.
The ruling paves the way for Kenyatta to be sworn in on November 28, bringing to a close what has been a divisive and bloody election process.
Maraga had in September annulled an August 8 election due to “irregularities and illegalities”, in a historic decision hailed across the globe as an opportunity to deepen Kenyan democracy.
(AFP and in house contributions)