Kenyatta to be sworn-in next week

21 November, 2017, 01:52 | Author: Kim Reid
  • The ruling paves the way for President Uhuru Kenyatta to be sworn in on November 28. By Tony Karumba

"As a effect, the presidential election of 26 Oct.is hereby upheld as is the election of the third respondent", president Uhuru Kenyatta.

Three people, among them an elderly woman, were shot dead on Monday during demonstrations that erupted following the Supreme Court's decision to uphold President Uhuru Kenyatta's October 26 repeat poll win. The court nullified Mr. Kenyatta's August 8 win, citing irregularities.

"The court has unanimously determined that the petitions are not merited".

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The court in September nullified the August presidential election over irregularities and ordered a new vote held last month.

Among issued raised by the petitioners is the failure by the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission to hold nominations before the repeat election and how voter turn-out affected the outcome of the presidential poll.

"It was a decision taken under duress. That was not an election and we will continue opposing him", said one resident of the opposition stronghold of Kisumu city, Wycliffe Onyango.

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"We remind the Kenyan government of its obligation to protect the constitutional rights of peaceful assembly, free speech, and security of the person, to enable inclusive participation in the country's political and dialogue processes", the observers said.

Although the NASA leader was not part of the court challenge, he had called for civil disobedience.

The roughly even division between Kenyatta and Odinga supporters is based largely on ethnic lines, between the Kenyatta's Kikuyu tribe and Odinga's Luo, raising the fears of ethnic clashes.

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