Kenya is currently on every news headline given this rather historic moment, where we saw the Supreme Court choosing to uphold democracy rather than turning a blind eye or rather conforming to international pressure. The national elections that happened on August 8, where said to be flawed resulting in a lot of chaos and difference of opinion on whether the current President, Uhuru Kenyatta won at the polls fairly.
The biggest issue that came to question Kenyatta’s win was on the procedures followed during elections, and whether they were in conformity with what is laid out in the country’s constitution and other related laws regarding the election process. Opposition leader , Raila Odinga, brought these issues to light when he contested the August 8 elections immediately after ballot count. He contended that the said election were irregular.
The Supreme Court of Kenya was thereby tasked with determining whether there were any irregularities and illegalities during these elections.
These elections have caused a lot of turmoil and frustrations amongst Kenyans.Prior to the elections one of the officials of the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission’s (IEBC) was found dead. The unsolved murder of the senior manager in data centre and infrastructure, Mr Christopher Chege Musando caused a shadow of doubt and eroded public confidence in the whole electoral process.
Moreover, what put Aficans up in arms, is the fact that International Observers declared Kenya’s elections free and fair however the courts decision begs to differ. From what i’m hearing on social media, people are saying that, all the International Observers did was “chill” in their hotel rooms and did not even bother to go on the ground but who knows..
Mr Raila Odinga’s Lawyer during court proceedings brought very stong evidence that showed that “some of the forms submitted with results lacked key security features such as watermarks and the necessary stamps and signatures, raising questions about their validity.”
A rather powerful statement that i am sure will be quoted in many history books is that of one of the Chief Justice David Maraga, who is the president of the Supreme Court. He stated that “The greatness of a nation lies in its fidelity to its constitution and a strict adherence to the rule of law, and above all, the fear of God.”
On the bench sat six judges, of which, four of the judges voted in the majority against the other two judges thereby finding that Uhuru Kenyatta was not validly elected and thereby declaring his appointment as president-elect null and void.”
The IEBC has been ordedered to conduct a fresh presidential election which should be in strict conformity with the constitution and the election laws within 60 days.
“This is indeed a very historic day for the people of Kenya and by extension to the people of the continent of Africa…For the first time in the history of African democratization, a ruling has been made by a court nullifying irregular election of a president.”- Raila Odinga
Ugandans, Zimbabweans and every other African nation. I hope you are watching and taking notes!
Here is a link to an interview with Kenyatta’s Lawyer after the court ruling, watch it and laugh with me.
Uhuru Kenyatta’s Lawyers reactions to the Court Ruling