Kenya's Supreme Court orders re-run of presidential election

Saul Bowman
September 2, 2017

He said the trend should spread like "wild harmattan fire across Africa".

Hardly anyone reckoned with this decision made under Chief Justice David Marago, who on Monday ordered the Electoral Commission to give the opposition access to servers and other electronic equipment. Opposition parties won power in the past five years in Nigeria, the continent's most populous nation, Ghana, Gambia and Senegal, while street protests chased Burkina Faso's strongman Blaise Compaore from power in 2014.

"It is important to respect the rule of law. we are ready to go back again to the people with the same agenda", he said as he appealed for calm.

Opposition members danced in the streets, marveling at the setback for Kenyatta, the son of the country's first president, in the long rivalry between Kenya's leading political families.

The government expects growth to slow to 5.5 percent this year, from 5.8 percent in 2016.

Shortly after the election results were announced, Odinga, claimed that the electoral commission's IT system had been hacked to manipulate the results, and took his complaints of fraud to seven Supreme Court judges amid fears among Kenyans that renewed violence would break out if he lost his attempt to overturn the election results.

Global election observers said the elections were mostly free and fair, a finding that should make us sit up and think.

Odinga, by contrast, appealed to the country's less fortunate, promising greater social justice and to combat the endemic corruption in society. "I am very sure that when that day comes, we will [defeat] the opposition", said Mr Mutembei.

On Friday, Kenya's Supreme Court rendered a shock ruling cancelling the results of the August 8 election over widespread irregularities.

The court did not place blame on Kenyatta or his party.

"No, I am not resigning, as of now I listened to the Supreme Court Judges and didn't hear anything about the chairman..."

Odinga said the ruling vindicated their decision, and would ensure peace.

"The new vote will be very tense", he said.

"The commission invited the office of the director of public prosecutions to urgently investigate and prosecute any of our staff that may have been involved in violations of the election offenses act", he said.

The court was ruling on a petition by opposition leader Raila Odinga that there was massive, systemic, systematic and deliberate non-compliance with the constitution during the election. The official results had given Kenyatta 54 percent of the vote to Odinga's 44 percent. Kenya's police are still investigating at least 28 election-related deaths.

It said these issues would be elaborated on in the detailed judgment of the court, which is to be published within 21 days. "We want an apology", said John Wekesa, who was dancing outside the court.

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