President Uhuru Kenyatta accepts court ruling ready to seek votes

Kenya's Supreme Court has declared President Uhuru Kenyatta's election win invalid due to irregularities committed by the election board and has ordered a new election within 60 days.

And the justices ordered a fresh vote be held within 60 days.

He said the trend should spread like "wild harmattan fire across Africa". "Kenya is a very, very important country for the continent".

Gichugu MP Githinji Gichimu said he never expected the court to make such a judgement.

"They are going to have to wipe a huge amount of egg off their faces", John Githongo, an anti-corruption campaigner and former head of Kenya's anti-corruption commission, said of the global observer missions. The benchmark stock index closed down 1.2 percent, while the shilling traded 0.2 percent weaker against the dollar.

People will be watching for the reaction of former US Secretary of State John Kerry, who was the head of the mission for US NGO, the Carter Centre, whose positive assessment of the election was used in court.


Opposition members danced in the streets, marveling at the setback for Kenyatta, the 55-year-old son of the country's first president, in the long rivalry between the country's top political families.

The government expects growth to slow to 5.5 percent this year, from 5.8 percent in 2016.

The opposition leader claims the election was rigged in favor of Kenyatta through the hacking and manipulation of the electronic vote-counting system.

Worldwide election observers said the elections were mostly free and fair, a finding that should make us sit up and think.

Collusion between the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission andi Kenyatta.

IEBC Chairman Wafula Chebukati told reporters that the commission is awaiting the court's written judgment before making any decisions about what action it will take after the ruling.


In court, Odinga's lawyers said the irregularities affected five million votes.

Supporters of opposition leader Raila Odinga celebrate in Mathare slum after Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta's election win was declared invalid by a court.

The court did not place any blame on Kenyatta or his party. Six Supreme Court judges backed the ruling.

After the decision's announcement, Odinga said it was a "very historic day for the people of Kenya".

Mutiga added however that "restraint will be hard in this very polarised environment" - which was also stark before, during and after the August vote due to deep ethnic, economic and political divisions in Kenya. But Odinga asked that the court throw out the results, claiming the election had been tampered with.

The announcement drew cheers from opposition supporters both inside and outside the courtroom.


More than 15 million Kenyans voted on August 8, with Kenyatta winning 54 percent of the vote, according to the now-voided official tally.


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