Kenya court upholds President Kenyatta's election victory


The Supreme Court has upheld President Uhuru Kenyatta's victory in a decision delivered Monday morning.

Six judges unanimously refuted the allegations according to Chief Justice David Maraga. The opposition coalition Nasa insisted the government was illegitimate.

Kenyan opposition leader Raila Odinga says the Supreme Court ruling upholding President Uhuru Kenyatta's election win last month is no surprise. "This position has not been changed by the court ruling", Odinga says.

Kenya has been through two presidential elections this year, both of which have come before the Supreme Court for review. "That is when he was hit by a bullet", said a police officer. The court could not be reached yesterday to comment on Nasa's allegation.

Uhuru will be sworn in on Tuesday, November 28, at the Kasarani stadium to begin his second term in office.

The opposition leader said the court's decision was "taken under duress".

The opposition strategy is built around a National Resistance Movement that hinges on the economic boycott and civil disobedience.

The prolonged election process has disrupted the economy and forced the government to cut its growth forecast.

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Dozens of people have been killed in clashes since the August vote.

Chief Justice David Maraga in consultations with Deputy Chief Justice Philomena Mwilu and Justice Smokin Wanjala during the status conference of the presidential election petition at the Supreme Court after Uhuru Kenyatta was declared victor in the October 26, 2017 elections, Nairobi, November 14, 2017.

The opposition boycotted the poll, which Kenyatta won with 98% of the vote.

"The court has unanimously determined that the petitions are not merited". "As a effect, the presidential election of 26th of October is hereby upheld".

"After the hearing the petitions we retired with only two days left to the deadline and it was impossible to write a full judgement".

The decision was met with applause in the courtroom from lawyers for the election commission and Kenyatta.

Kenyatta's main rival, Raila Odinga, however, pulled out of the rerun at the last minute saying the new elections would be flawed as well since the commission overseeing the contest had not been reformed. There was no immediate reaction from Kenyatta. With this weekend's death toll almost 100 people have died in the political unrest, the majority opposition demonstrators shot by police during protests.

Odinga accused the government of being behind the killings, which followed at least five deaths last Friday as police tried to disperse opposition supporters.