In what can best be desribed as an unprecedented and an extraordinary first for Africa, Kenyan opposition leader Raila Odinga, has successfully challenged the recent Kenyan Elections that saw President Uhuru Kenyatta declared winner, by that Country’s electoral commission.
Mr Odinga and his team of lawyers put up a spirited fight in the Supreme Court of Kenya which today unanimously ruled that the whole process was irregular, heavily flawed and therefore not credible. A six-judge bench, by majority decision, indicted the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC), saying it conducted the elections contrary to the dictates of the Constitution and poll laws. The top court in Kenya, in a bold move, ordered the IEBC to conduct a fresh presidential election within strict confines of the law within 60 days
International electoral observers including the AU, the Commonwealth and the Americans led by former Foreign Secretary John Kerry, stamped a seal of approval describing them free from any irregularities and therefore credible.
The Kenyan Supreme Court two third majority ruling which gives 60 days for another election sets an extraordinary pace and standard by which African elections will be viewed in future.
Mr Odinga’s lawyers showed evidence of rigging starting long before the actual election day and consequently showed that an election doesn’t necessarily take place on the voting day but long before in most African countries.
The Kenyan ruling may give a new lease of energy and impetus on the Zambian crisis that hinges on a petition that has never been heard by a corrupt and compromised Constitutional Court which in turn led to the Country’s opposition leader Hakainde Hichilema’s incarceration for four months on trumped up charges of treason.
Hichilema has insisted that the election petition be heard by the courts of law in accordance with the provisions of the constitution in order to ascertain the truth behind the declaration of Edgar Lungu as President of Zambia and also to avoid a repetition of such a salutation in future elections.
Meanwhile Uhuru Kenyatta has said he accepts the ruling of the Court.
“I respect the independence of the Kenyan Judiciary. I therefore accept the ruling that I did not win in accordance with the law”