Kenya’s Supreme Court Effectively Disbanded Ahead of Thursday’s Rerun Vote

The Oasis Reporters

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Supreme Court Justice in Kenya

After the Kenyan election in August this year which international observers led by John Kerry, former American secretary of state had declared free and fair, the country’s Supreme Court Justices nullified it courageously by granted the reliefs sought by opposition candidate, Raila Odinga.

The winner of that election, incumbent president Uhuru Kenyatta in an angry outburst called the judges unprintable names, but still proceeded to prepare for the rerun poll which must be held within 60 days as enshrined in the constitution.

But in a intriguing twist to the saga, Raila Odinga said he was boycotting the polls because no Electoral reforms have been carried out by the body billed with the task of overseeing the elections.

As the 60 day deadline approached and the election day drew closer, Raila Odinga went back to the Supreme Court urging it to extend the election to 90 days.

Days before the election day proper today, the Chief Judge’s car had been shot at.
Currently, one Judge is conveniently out of the country and can’t get a flight back to listen to Odinga’s suit, another Judge is obviously very sick and in hospital. A third judge is currently under detention and won’t be released anytime soon.

Therefore with three judges out of contention, Kenya’s Supreme Court has been technically disbanded by force and no quorum can yet be formed.
Without a quorum, no decision can be made legal or binding .

Here’s therefore wishing Kenyans happy voting today Thursday. The soap opera has been entertaining.

Greg Abolo

Blogger at The Oasis Reporters.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *