Uhuru, DP Ruto term Supreme Court ruling a ‘coup’
President Uhuru Kenyatta and the Deputy President, William Ruto, have termed the decision by the Supreme Court to annul their win on September 1 as a ‘civilian coup’ by the judiciary and have insisted the repeat presidential election must be held within 60 days as decided by the apex court.
Speaking at State House during a meeting with North Eastern leaders, President Kenyatta faulted the decision by the apex court to disregard the numbers and annul the election based on technicalities, saying that the September 1 ruling goes ‘against the spirit of the Constitution’.
“The ruling by the Supreme Court amounts to a judicial coup. When we are told that processes are more important and numbers do not matter in an election, then the will of the people is subverted,” President Kenyatta said.
The Jubilee Party leader also took issue with Chief Justice David Maraga for saying that the Supreme Court will still nullify the presidential election if the law is breached in the repeat presidential election.
On Wednesday, CJ Maraga said the Supreme Court will still annul the presidential election if due process is not followed by the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC).
“I have heard things that I never thought I would in a democratic nation. I was surprised to hear that when Kenyans go to the ballot again, you (CJ Maraga) will still nullify the election if you want, and everything that Kenyans rejected when they voted for a new Constitution is back because some people have now given themselves the power to go against the will of the people,” decried the President.
Deputy President William Ruto also castigated the court saying that they will not accept the decision by the popular majority to be nullified by four people.
“We cannot accept the court to choose leaders for Kenyans. They said that Uhuru had the numbers but instead they annulled the election because of technicalities. We cannot accept that for you to have your right you must know somebody who knows a judge, what will happen to the Kenyan who does not know a judge?” DP Ruto posed.
President Kenyatta also re-affirmed his position that there will be no power vacuum if the election is not held within 60 days, saying that he is the President until another election is held.
“I want to assure you that until another an election is held, there will be no power vacuum. I am the President and I will ensure that I use the power bestowed on me by the Constitution to protect Kenyans and their property,” President Kenyatta said.
This comes one day after the Supreme Court judges released their detailed judgment on why they annulled the presidential election on September 1.
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