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The Kenyan Supreme Court Decided On The Election Dispute.
September 6, 2022 - Written by qoriadmin

Kenya's Supreme Court Chief Justice Martha Koome presides to deliver the ruling on a petition seeking to invalidate the outcome of the recent presidential election, at the Supreme Court in Nairobi, Sept. 5, 2022.

Nairobi – (Reuters) – Kenya’s Supreme Court on Monday unanimously upheld William Ruto’s presidential win in a scathing judgment that blasted opposition leader Raila Odinga’s accusations of cheating.

Soon after, Odinga tweeted that he would respect the ruling even though he disagreed with it, easing fears that Kenya would see any repeat of the violence that followed disputed votes in 2007 and 2017.

Several public figures and anti-corruption campaigners – including some who had backed Odinga – welcomed the judgment, saying it bolstered the court’s reputation for independence.

“This decision is good for the judiciary. This election result is bad for Kenya. Two things can be true at the same time,” tweeted author Nanjala Nyabola, who had not backed either candidate.

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken congratulated Ruto on his election victory and said Washington commended him and other candidates for abiding by the Supreme Court’s ruling. “We look forward to enhancing [our] partnership with President Ruto and his new government,” Blinken said in a statement.
There were no immediate signs of protest in Odinga’s stronghold of Kisumu city or the low-income Neighbourhoods of Nairobi that traditionally support the left-wing politician.

“There is nothing we can do, the judgment has been made,” Geoffrey Omondi, a 33-year-old electrical engineer who supported Odinga, said.

Ruto’s jubilant supporters danced and waved flags in his party colours of yellow and green.
East Africa’s most wealthy and influential nation had been on tenterhooks since the Aug. 9 elections, which pitted Ruto – a former chicken seller – against members of the nation’s two most powerful political families.

Similar accusations of cheating triggered deadly election violence, often with ethnic undertones, during the two previous

 

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