September 24, 2017

Uhuru’s top lawyer issues statement after Supreme Court ruling

President Uhuru Kenyatta’s top lawyer in the presidential petition has dismissed the Supreme Court ruling that nullified Uhuru’s re-election on August 8.

Senior counsel Ahmednasir Abdullahi indicated that he was not happy with the ruling but will abide by it.

Ahmednasir noted that the decision made by the court was political and not legal.

“There is no way you can dispute this election. One is that the results have been declared in the polling station. All the results in the polling stations are known. Once they are known, these other things are a matter of computation and transmission. But the court has spoken, let it go back to the people and they will express themselves again,” he indicated.

The Supreme Court nullified Uhuru’s re-election, ordering a fresh presidential election in 60 days.

According to the Chief Justice David Maraga, the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) overlooked the Consititution, committed various illegalities affecting integrity of polls.

Justices Njoki Ndung’u and Jackton Ojwang’, however, indicated that the election was free and fair.

CJ Maraga noted that what they read was a ‘determination of the court and not a ruling’. He added that the Court would give a comprehensive ruling in 21 days.

Supporters of the NASA (National Super Alliance) thronged the Central Business District in celebration after the Court’s determination.

Police officers had a hard time dispersing the crowds that were chanting NASA slogans and praising Maraga for the landmark ruling.

Declaring the results, IEBC chairman, Wafula Chebukati, announced that Uhuru had garnered 8,203,290 votes, representing 54.27 per cent of the votes cast.

Raila came in second with 6,762,224 votes, representing 44.74 per cent of the votes cast.

In total, 15,073,662 people cast their votes, representing 78.91 per cent of the registered voters.

Uhuru also garnered more than 25 per cent of the votes cast in 35 counties, compared to the NASA leader who got over 25 per cent in 29 counties.

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