Chaos Erupts, Vehicle Burnt After Supreme Court Ruling

  • Protests erupted in Kisumu on Monday morning immediately after the Supreme Court upheld President Uhuru Kenyatta's re-election.

    A section of residents took to the streets to demonstrate and even set a car ablaze.

    The angry crowd forced businesses to come to a standstill as shop owners opted to shut down for fear of being robbed.

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    Police were forced to disperse the crowd.

    On Monday, the Supreme Court dismissed the petitions challenging the validity of the October 26 presidential election.

    The bench found that the two separate petitions, that of Harun Mwau and that of Khelef Khalifa and Njonjo Mwau, failed to show that the poll was so fundamentally flawed to warrant a nullification.

    “The court has unanimously determined that the petitions are not merited and the final orders are that the petition by John Harun Mwau versus the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission and two others as consolidated is hereby dismissed.

    “The petition by Njonjo Mue and another versus the Chairperson of the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission and three others as consolidated is also hereby dismissed. As a consequence, the presidential election of October 26 is hereby upheld as is the election of Uhuru Kenyatta,” Chief Justice David Maraga communicated.

    Chief Justice David Maraga in the course of submissions, also faulted Mue and Khalifa’s lead counsel Harun Ndubi for failing to include in their application for scrutiny, a prayer to file a report on the same.

    “Some of the prayers have been declined due to the sheer impracticability of their implementation given the short time left for the determination of the petitions at hand.

    "Others have been declined because they were not pleaded with sufficient particularity in the Petition. Yet others were declined on grounds that they are couched in such general terms as to be no more than fishing expeditions,” stated Maraga.

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