Uhuru Kenyatta was validly elected – Supreme Court

Tukutane Kasarani

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President Kenyatta at State House on Saturday, September 2, 2017. PHOTO: PSCU

The Supreme Court has upheld the victory of President Uhuru Kenyatta in the repeat election conducted on  October 26.

According to Chief Justice David Maraga, the Supreme Court judges unanimously dismissed the three petitions filed to challenge Uhuru’s win.

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Chief Justice David Maraga in consultations with Deputy Chief Justice Philomena Mwilu and Justice Smokin Wanjala during the status conference of the presidential election petition at the Supreme Court after Uhuru Kenyatta was declared winner in the October 26, 2017 elections, Nairobi, November 14, 2017. PHOTO: JACK OWUOR/THE STAR

In the less than 10 minute judgement, the Chief Justice said the three petitions as filed did not convince the court to nullify Uhuru’s victory, again. That they lacked merit.

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The court said the repeat election was legitimate and Uhuru was validly elected.

The petitions included one by former MP Haron Mwau and another by activists Njonjo Mue and Khelef Khalifa were filed in court.

Maraga went on to add that judges could not write the a judgement as they had only two days to brainstorm on the matter.

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The full judgement will be made available by SCOK in the next 21 days.

Speaking to lawyers soon after the ruling, Ahamednassir Abdulahi who was holding brief for President Kenyatta applauded the ruling and said it is time the Head of State took charge for the next five years.