Supreme Court rules Kenyatta was validly elected as Kenyan President

Uhuru Kenyatta, president of Kenya

The Kenyan Supreme Court gave a unanimous ruling.

Kenya’s Supreme Court ruled on Saturday that Uhuru Kenyatta was validly elected president in the March 4 presidential elections in the country.

The Supreme Court judges unanimously rejected a challenge from defeated candidate, Raila Odinga, who had argued that the vote was marred by rigging and technical problems.

With the ruling, Mr. Kenyatta, who has been charged with crimes against humanity for at The Hague will now be sworn in.

Mr. Odinga had pledged to abide by the court’s ruling when he challenged the election results.

“It is the decision of the court that the third and fourth respondents were validly elected,” Chief Justice Willy Mutunga said in court, referring to Mr. Kenyatta and his running mate and deputy president, William Ruto.

“It is now for the Kenyan people, their leaders, civil society, the private sector and the media to discharge (their duty), to ensure that the unity, peace, sovereignty and prosperity of the nation is preserved,” the judge added saying the court had played its part.

More than 1,200 people were killed in violence that broke out after the 2007 elections between supporters of the Mr. Odinga and the outgoing president.

This year’s has, however, been more peaceful with the major candidates asking their supporters to eschew violence.

Mr. Kenyatta, who has now been declared validly elected president, is wanted for his alleged role in the post-2007 elections violence.

There has been skepticism about how Western countries will treat Mr. Kenyatta as they have a policy of having only “essential contacts” with people indicted by the criminal court.

The U.S. has, however, said it has no problems working with any validly elected Kenyan President.


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