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President describes Court polls decision as monstrous injustice

by Chrispinus Omar and David Musyoka NAIROBI (Xinhua) -- Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta said Thursday the decision of the Supreme Court to nullify the results of the Aug. 8 presidential election was a monstrous injustice for which the Supreme Court should provide further explanation.

"The effect and precedence set in that singular judgment says that a bench can nullify the decision of millions of Kenyans without due regard to evidence," Kenyatta told journalists in Nairobi.

The Supreme Court sitting in Nairobi voted 4-2 to nullify president Kenyatta’s re-election with 54 percent of the vote against Raila Odinga, his challenger with 44 percent of the vote.

President Kenyatta said the Court subverted the will of the voters by nullifying the vote outcome but said he would respect the apex court’s verdict.

The Kenyan leader said the election was nullified on assumption that there were irregularities which were not proven by the evidence and which did not exist.

"I shall comply with the ruling.

"However, I state categorically that the constitutional right of Kenyans to elect leaders of their choice is not negotiable.

"There shall and must be an election within the stipulated 60-day period," Kenyatta said.

He assured Kenyans that the country was intact, and that the government was working; he insisted that he looked forward to the repeat election on Oct. 26.

Deputy President William Ruto also said the ruling left Kenyans with more questions than answers, as the judges did not go through all the documents to check the facts.

Ruto said the claim that a voter’s decision had to be qualified by the judiciary before it was counted was to give way to judicial tyranny.

 

             

 

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