The National Super Alliance (NASA) leader Raila Odinga has unexpectedly stood with Supreme Court judges after the apex court upheld Uhuru Kenyatta’s repeat poll win on Monday.
In a statement sent to newsrooms, Odinga’s adviser Salim Lone said moments after the ruling was made that it was one that they had expected.
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He added that NASA was not condemning the court for its unanimous verdict that has paved way for the swearing in of President Kenyatta. This, he claimed was because the CJ David Maraga was acting under political threats.
Lone stated: “We do not condemn the Court; we sympathize with it, (because) it was a decision taken under duress.”
Even with the new attitude on the Supreme Court, Lone argued that they would not recognise the “illegitimate” government under Uhuru Kenyatta.
“We in NASA had repeatedly declared before this Supreme Court ruling today that we consider this government to be illegitimate and do not recognize it.”
“This position has not been changed by the Court ruling.”
In a unanimous decision, Supreme Court’s six-judge bench dismissed the petitions challenging the election of President Kenyatta in the repeat poll, saying “they lacked merit”.
“As a consequence, the presidential election of 26th of October is hereby upheld,” he said.
Two petitions – one by former Kilome Member of Parliament Harun Mwau and the other by activists Njonjo Mue and Khelef Khalifa – were filed seeking the nullification of President Uhuru Kenyatta’s victory.