Saturday March 30, 2013 - The Kenya Supreme Court
upholds decision of electoral body. Rules that Uhuru
Kenyatta won the Presidential vote and should be the
next President of Kenya. His main rival Raila Odinga
agrees with the decision and wishes Uhuru well in
Kenya's Supreme Court has today
ruled that Uhuru Kenyatta won the race for Kenya's State
House. This means that Uhuru Kenyatta was validly
elected as the country's fourth President since
independence after his father Mze Jomo Kenyatta, Daniel
arap Moi and Mwai Kibaki. Reports the authoritative
Daily Nation newspaper of Kenya -
"The Supreme Court has upheld the election of Uhuru
Kenyatta as Kenya's fourth president.
Chief Justice Willy Mutunga said Mr Kenyatta and
William Ruto were validly elected as President and
Deputy President respectively.
It is the decision that the third and fourth
respondents were validly elected," Dr Mutunga said.
The judgement paves way for the swearing in ceremony
of Mr Kenyatta set for April 9 at the Kasarani
Gymnasium in Nairobi.The Head of Public Service
Francis Kimemia said the government will gazette
Tuesday, April 9 as a public holiday when Mr
Kenyatta will be sworn in as president.ll begin on
Monday. We have adopted the programme we had earlier
on,” said Mr Kimemia Saturday.
Raila Odinga has
Mr Odinga wished
Mr Kenyatta well
in running the
government. "I wish Mr
Kenyatta and his
team well," he
said during a
in his office
Mr Odinga said
did not agree
findings of the
court, he said
would abide by
What has been played out
in Kenya demonstrates what democracy should be about.
election is concluded in which one person is declared
winner by the electoral body. The main challenger felt
cheated and uses his constitutional rights to appeal the
decision of the electoral body in the courts - this time
the Supreme court as provided by Kenya's laws. Both
sides, winner and loser say to all and sundry that they
would abide by the decision of the Supreme Court. Uhuru
is on record as saying that he would not object to the
Supreme Court ordering a re-run. Raila Odinga says he
would abide by whatever decision the Supreme Court
states and true to the spirit of the of their words and
the occasion, both men have kept to their word thereby
consolidating Kenya's democratic record.
There were no abusive
articles against Raila Odinga in pro-Uhuru news outlets
when Odinga decided to take his grievance to the courts
as provided by the constitution. We do hope that Sierra
Leone would learn from the Kenya example.
Congratulations Uhuru Kenyatta and congratulations Raila
Odinga. You make Kenya really proud.
And just one salient
point. When will the Sierra Leone Supreme Court decide
on the Julius Maada Bio petition challenging the
decision of the Dr Christiana Thorpe administration to
declare Ernest Bai Koroma winner of the November 17,
2012 Presidential polls?