It’s Ruto the Fifth - Court
The Supreme Court of Kenya has made history after it upheld Dr William Ruto’s win in the August 9 presidential elections .
In a summary of the judgement read by the Chief Justice and Supreme Court President Martha Koome all the nine grounds the petitioners had raised were dismissed for lack of merit and ground .
The petitioners were the Azimio presidential candidate Raila Odinga and his running mate Martha Karua .
In one of the dismissed affidavits was that of lawyer Julie Soweto which the seven judge bench dismissed as hot air.
Koome read the judgment which lasted close to about two hours as her colleagues listened and followed keenly .
There were jubilations within various parts of the country as Kenyans celebrated the development .
But in an immediate reaction Azimio lead counsel James Orengo said he did not agree the outcome of the petition .
The court also dismissed assertion that the four dissenting IEBC Commissioners had been sidelined by its Chairman Wafula Chebukati .
“This court has not found any truth in claims by the petitioners that the four IEBC had been sidelined during the tallying at the Bomas of Kenya since they were being shown on various national television stations reading the results as they were being received and verified until after a fracas occurred when they sneaked out and addressed the press at the Serena hotel disowning the results ,”Koome said in the water tight judgment.
Consequently Ruto’s win and that of his running mate Rigathi Gachagua were upheld by the highest court on land while the two will now be sworn in as President and Deputy president respectively next Tuesday (sept 13) at Kasarani national stadium between 10 am and 1 pm .
As the matter stands now it’s the end of Azimio since under the constitution no further litigation can take place after the pronouncement of today’s supreme court .