Supreme Court upholds President Kenyatta’s win

By Fauxile Kibet

The Supreme Court has upheld the October 26th victory of President Uhuru Kenyatta. The October poll was a repeat of an election held on August 8th which was nullified by the country’s highest court.

The court in declaring President Uhuru Kenyatta’s win dismissed two petitions that had been filed by Harun Mwau and another by two voters Khelef Khalifa and Njonjo Mue.

“Some of the prayers have been declined due to the sheer impracticability of their implementation given the short time left for the determination of the petitions at hand. Others have been declined because they were not pleaded with sufficient particularity in the Petition. Yet others, were declined on grounds that they are couched in such general terms as to be no more than fishing expeditions,” Justice Maraga said while delivering his ruling.

The petitioners had challenged President Kenyatta’s win arguing that the country’s electoral body The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) failed to conduct the process according to the constitution.

The elections were marred with protests in constituencies which are controlled by the country’s opposition leader Raila Odinga. Ondinga had pulled out of the race claiming that necessary reforms had not been carried out within the electoral body and hence was not assured of a fair process.

The declaration now shifts burden on President Kenyatta to restore unity in the country which has been heavily divided along political and tribal lines which has seen violence rock the streets of the country’s capital Nairobi.

Last Friday, Opposition leader Raila Odinga’s supporters demanded to welcome their leader at the country’s main airport The Jomo Kenyatta International Airport but were denied access leading to violent protests.

Mr. Odinga criticized the government for using police to harass his supporters but police stated that they had reacted to protect public property from being destroyed. Several cars and businesses along Mombasa road – which leads to the airport were vandalized by rowdy youth who engaged police in running battles.

“These needless brutality and deaths show us all once again that this Jubilee regime opposes democratic choice as it cannot compete against the rest of us,” said Raila.

Over the weekend, pockets of violence were reported in some slum areas of the city where about 8 people lost their lives.

Police however stated that the deaths were not linked to politics.