By Stuart Bogere Oswald
Kenya’s Supreme Court has upheld William Ruto’s presidential election victory.
In a judgment summary read out on yesterday Monday on national television, the seven-judge bench dismissed all arguments in the petitions filed Raila Odinga, who finished second in the August 9 elections.
The court’s decision affirmed the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) declaration that Ruto won.
“This is a unanimous decision of the court,” Chief Justice Martha Koome said as she read out the ruling.
“We declare the election of the first respondent as president-elect to be valid under Article 143 of the Constitution,” she said.
Ruto will be sworn in as Kenya’s fifth president on September 13, succeeding President Uhuru Kenyatta, who has served his constitutionally mandated two five-year terms.
The African Judges and Jurists Forum (AJJF) has commended the Supreme Court of Kenya for its management of the court processes.
The forum has applauded the Supreme Court judges for handling all the seven presidential petitions, with multiple volumes of evidence, within the 14 days circumscribed by the Constitution.
Meanwhile, opposition leader Raila Odinga has issued a statement showing that he vehemently disagrees with the Supreme Court judgment that has upheld William Ruto’s victory.