-- A comprehensive ruling on
why the Supreme Court nullified Kenyan President Uhuru
Kenyatta’s win in the Aug. 8 polls issued on Wednesday
drew mixed reactions from the two sides of the political
divide in Kenya.
Kenyatta’s Jubilee Party supporters castigated the
ruling and maintained their tough stand against the apex
court, noting their victory was stolen, opposition
National Super Alliance (NASA) has hailed the verdict,
adding that they had been vindicated.
led by Chief Justice David Maraga in their ruling
observed that the electoral commission violated the law
and the constitution to the extent that the election
results were untenable.
that the electoral commission announced results after an
illegal process and could not provide all the necessary
documents as ordered by the court.
that in conducting repeat presidential election on Oct.
17, the electoral commission must put in place a
complementary system that would help guarantee
transparency and credibility.
Jackton Ojwang, who dissented in his ruling, on the
other hand said the election was conducted in an open
and transparent manner, just as it was confirmed by the
Ahmednassir Abdullahi, who represented Kenyatta in the
presidential petition, castigated the ruling of the
judges who annulled the polls.
Court in the majority judgment is wrong. It is getting
first year law or 101 law wrong, distorting evidence
that we presented,” he said.
that in the majority judgment, the judges did not even
mention in a sentence the thousands of documents
Kenyatta submitted as evidence of his win.
is pedestrian, too simplistic and shocking,” he added.
Party MP and Kenyatta’s fierce supporter Kimani Ichungwa
termed the Supreme Court majority verdict as a farce and
praised the dissenting judges.
was about those who read vs those who can’t read. Why is
Justice Ojwang not the chief justice? His elegance and
the content of his ruling make the chief justice appear
crass,” he said.
the other side of the political divide, lawyers
supporting Odinga said the judges had laid bare the
irregularities and illegalities committed during the
Aug. 8 polls.
Kenyatta must have seen the pain and struggle that the
Supreme Court went through to spare him culpability for
election offences despite clear evidence,” lawyer Nelson
Donald Kipkorir also noted that the Supreme Court ruling
had given Kenya global recognition and affirmation that
the country’s constitution was truly supreme and alive.
aren’t just about the results numbers, but the process.
Elections is not an event, but a lengthy process,” he
streets and social media, opinions among both Jubilee
and NASA supporters was equally divided on the apex
court ruling, with the fault-lines drawn clearly among
supporters said their leader Raila Odinga had been
vindicated in his claims that the election was stolen,
those in Jubilee failed to see why Kenyatta’s victory
had been annulled.
Court ruling has detailed the offences the electoral
commission officials committed. There is no way the same
body can carry the repeat elections with all the
violations, illegalities and contempt,” said Derrick
Oloo, a supporter of Odinga.
seller George Musya said he expected the electoral
commission officials to resign on their own after the
declared the winner of the polls without the actual
results. They must do the honorable thing and pave way
for new officials. What the ruling shows is that they
belong to jail and must not even be preparing for the
Oct. 17 polls,” he said.
Kenyatta was found not culpable of doing any mistake in
the elections, so why cancel his win?” said Bernard
Nderitu, a diehard supporter of Kenyatta and a taxi
“We will go
back to the polls and win with a landslide whether the
electoral commission is reformed or not. This was a
great injustice,” he lamented.
noted that with the ruling, the electoral commission can
now go to the new polls with a clear mind of what to do
to hold free and fresh polls.
Kenya beefs up security
amid judgment by top court
NAIROBI, (Xinhua) --
Kenyan police on Wednesday
enhanced security and barricaded some roads near Supreme
Court as the full judgment of the nullified presidential
polls were being delivered.
anti-riot police were positioned along major streets
near the top court building directing away motorists and
increased security presence comes a day after Chief
Justice David Maraga publicly complained that Inspector
of Police Joseph Boinett had ignored their calls to
enhance security to judicial officers and the court.
Boinnet denied the claims, saying every judge has armed
officer and all courts are protected.
police barricade was also placed outside the Supreme
Court signaling no through way. A similar blockade was
imposed before Sept. 1 as the court heard the case that
led to the nullification of the results.
on Wednesday they would not allow protests outside the
Supreme Court, a day after a group of ruling party
supporters blocked the entrance of the court for hours
accusing judges there of stealing their alleged victory.
warned against blocking of major roads in protest
against or for the Supreme Court. “We will not allow
anyone to block roads. Social media users are also
warned to desist from spreading lies and threats,” he
media users had been sending alarming alerts on alleged
attacks on motorists, which the police found were
untrue. This caused panic among road users.
party supporters blocked major highways in Nairobi,
central and northwest Kenya in protest against the
Supreme Court ruling that nullified the presidential
polls of August 8.
a group of opposition supporters arrived as the judges
continued to read their verdict and kept dancing and
celebrating outside the court for hours as police
watched from a distance.
inconvenienced many motorists with traffic jam snaking
for up to 20 kilometers away on some roads.
the police are under instructions to disperse any group
blocking roads. Tens of anti-riot police have been put
on standby to act in case of violence ahead of the
release of the judgment.
chaos broke out outside Supreme Court in Nairobi when
police used tear gas canisters to disperse the
protesters that had blocked the entrance for some hours.
both the security officers and protesters outside the
Supreme Court were forced to flee after they were
attacked by bees.
who was stung by the bees that attacked was rushed to
hospital. The police and protesters were forced to
retreat at a safe distance but away from the Supreme
It was not
established where the bees came from as the judges
continued to deliver the full judgment of the Aug. 8
presidential elections which have since been nullified.