“Mbarikiwe mpaka mshangae”: DP Ruto’s elation following Supreme Court victory

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Deputy President William Ruto has taken to Twitter to share his elation after President Uhuru Kenyatta’s win in the October 26 repeat presidential election was on Monday morning (November 20) upheld by the Supreme Court.

“Hallelujah! Glory to God in heaven. He has remembered our nation, given us hope and future. Wakenya jameni mubarikiwe mpaka mshangae together,” the DP tweeted.

In a unanimous decision, Supreme Court’s six-judge dismissed the petitions challenging the election of President Kenyatta in the repeat poll, saying “they lacked merit”.

“As a consequence, the presidential election of 26th of October is hereby upheld,” he said.

Two petitions – one by former Kilome Member of Parliament Harun Mwau and the other by activists Njonjo Mue and Khelef Khalifa – were filed seeking the nullification of President Uhuru Kenyatta’s victory for the second time in three months.

The two petitions were consolidated and heard together, but each party was allowed to submit issues raised in their petitions separately.

Among the issues the petitioners cited as grounds for annulment of the October 26 presidential vote was failure by the electoral commission, IEBC, to conduct fresh nominations, withdrawal by the National Super Alliance (NASA) flag bearer Raila Odinga and failure by voters in 25 constituencies to take part in the election.

The petitioners further argued the October 26 poll outcome should be voided because the vote was not held in each of Kenya’s 291 voter constituencies.

The dismissal of the two petitions paves way for the swearing in of President Kenyatta for a second term on Tuesday, November 28.

Article 141 on the Assumption of Office holds the swearing in would be on the Tuesday after seven days of the verdict.

 

 

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