Deputy president William Ruto has expressed a harsh disapproval on the Supreme Court ruling that annulled President Uhuru Kenyatta’s August victtory.
Speaking a day after the ruling was given comprehensively, DP Ruto said the verdict was an act of tyranny by the court, something that is “totally unacceptable”.
The DP said the ruling, which was read yesterday, left Kenyans with more questions than answers, as the judges who had all the documents did not go through them to check the facts.
“The court said yesterday they had no problem with numbers: you won fair and square. If numbers had no problem, even these forms which were said [to have] had no serial, signature and rubber stamp were okay, then why annul the Presidential election?” the Deputy President asked.
The Deputy President added that to claim that a voter’s decision had to be qualified by the Judiciary before it counted was to give way to judicial tyranny.
Aden Duale, leader of the Jubilee majority in Parliament, maintained that the ruling was laced with misguided politics: the opposition, he said, had misled themselves and the country by forgetting that the President’s term continued until another was sworn in.
“Article 142 (1) says the President shall hold office for a term beginning on the date on which the President was sworn in, and ending when the person next elected President in accordance with article 136 (2) (a) is sworn in” the leader of Majority said.
The Jubilee leaders were speaking at State House during a meeting with a delegation of leaders of pastoral communities from eight counties: Garissa, Isiolo, Kajiado, Marsabit, Mandera, Narok, Samburu, and Wajir.
Other speakers included Narok Governor Samuel Ole Tunai, Isiolo Senator Fatuma Dulo, Eldas Mp Adan Keynan, and Samburu Women Rep Maison Leshomo who assured the President of their support.