Impunity must be punished-Kenya's opposition welcomes court ruling

“This is a historic judgement. It is the first judgment in Africa to overturn a Presidential election.”

The Kenyan opposition has welcomed the Supreme Court ruling after it nullified the August 8 elections.

James Orengo, the opposition’s lead counsel, lauded the court’s decision terming it a “historic judgement in Africa.”

“We hope that the President of the republic of Kenya is not computer generated. Impunity MUST be punished,” he added.

The same sentiments were shared by the petitioner and National Super Alliance leader Raila Odinga who termed the ruling a “triumph for Kenya.”


“For the first time in the history of African democratization a ruling has been made in court nullifying irregular elections of a President. This is a precedent-setting ruling therefore very historical,” said Mr. Odinga.

He faulted the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission(IEBC) for failing to conduct free and fair election saying that all its officials should be prosecuted.

“We have no faith at all in the electoral commission. They have committed criminal acts, most of them actually belong to jail. We are going to ask for prosecution of all the officers who have committed this monstrous crime,” he said.

The Supreme Court on Friday morning annulled the elections saying that the IEBC did not conduct the polls as stipulated by the law.

“Upon considering Constitution & elections, IEBC failed to carry out election as per Constitution &Elections Act,”Chief Justice David Maraga said in his ruling.


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