KENYA’S SUPREME COURT NULLIFIES PRESIDENT UHURU KENYATTA’S ELECTION
The Supreme Court of Kenya, a highest court in Kenya has on 1st September 2017 nullified the just concluded election citing massive irregularities and lack of legal compliance by the electioneering body Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC). In the ten minute ruling, the Chief Justice, David Maraga stated that there was sufficient evidence to back the court’s decision and that full judgment will be issued as soon as possible. The court held that following this, a fresh election has to be held within 60 days from now and that the electioneering agency has to comply with law this time round. The court’s decision was widely welcomed by National Super Alliance (NASA) supporters, which is the main opposition party in the country who were seen chanting outside the court and in various parts of the country. NASA presidential contender, Raila Odinga and other leaders including deputy leader, Kalonzo Musyoka and lead counsel, James Orengo welcomed the ruling saying that the court has done justice not only to the people of Kenya but also in Africa. They noted that this is the first court in the world to overturn a presidential election and therefore praised it.