Kenya waiting for Supreme Court verdict on election


Police sealed off roads near Kenya’s Supreme Court as judges prepared to deliver a detailed ruling laying out the reasons for annulling last month’s presidential election.

Voters are anxious to find out whether the vote was voided on procedural grounds — the court has already said in its brief September 1 ruling some tallying sheets were not signed or officially stamped — or whether there was evidence of systematic rigging.

Election board officials said incumbent President Uhuru Kenyatta won by 1.5 million votes, rejected by opposition leader Raila Odinga, who maintains the 2017 election — and the previous two — were stolen from him.

The court ordered a fresh vote be held within 60 days.

Kenyatta promised to respect the ruling although he repeatedly criticised it.

On Tuesday, Deputy President William Ruto tweeted: “So has CJ taken sides? Listening to the tone, language & drift of (Chief Justice David) Maraga’s lecture the only phrase missing is NASA HAO! TIBIN! & TIALALA!” — phrases that are a rallying call for the opposition coalition.

Earlier, the chief justice told a press conference judges were getting death threats and police were not offering adequate protection, an allegation the chief of police denied.

Also on Tuesday, police also used tear gas to disperse supporters of the ruling party protesting outside the Supreme Court. In a couple of towns, ruling party supporters used stones to block main roads.

Police said they will disperse any protests.