Kenya Polls: Supreme Court Upholds Uhuru Victory

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The other judges are Njoki Ndung’u, Jackson Ojwang, Philip Tunoi, Smoking Wanjala and Mohamed Ibrahim.

The Supreme Court of Kenya has upheld the election of Uhuru Kenyatta as the next President of Kenya. The ruling was delivered shortly after 5pm on Saturday by Willy Mutunga, the Chief Justice of Kenya on behalf of the panel of six Judges of the Supreme Court. The other judges are Njoki Ndung’u, Jackson Ojwang, Philip Tunoi, Smoking Wanjala and Mohamed Ibrahim. Justice Mutunga said it was the unanimous decision of the judges that the March 4th Kenya presidential elections were held in a free, fair, transparent and credible manner in accordance with the constitution.
 
Mutunga also said that it was the decision of the Supreme Court that Uhuru Kenyatta and Williams Ruto, the first and second respondents were validly elected. On the rejected votes, Mutunga said it was the unanimous decision of the court that the rejected votes ought not to have been included in the final tally. The judges also declined to grant an order for the re-computation of the votes saying the Supreme Court lacks jurisdiction over the matter.

Court therefore dismissed all the four petitions filed by Raila Oginga Odinga, the first runner up in the elections. He ordered each party to meet its own costs of the suit. Raila lost to Uhuru Kenyatta, but refused to concede defeat citing irregularities in the vote tallying exercise and the conduct of the elections. Uhuru, who will be sworn in within a week’s time polled 6.1 votes against Raila’s 5.3 million votes.