William Ruto, the country’s Vice president, was declared the winner of the presidential election by the Kenyan Supreme Court.
Ruto continues to be the President-elect, according to the ruling made on Monday by Martha Koome, Chief Justice and President of the Supreme Court.
The Supreme Court was composed of seven members, including the Hon. Justice Mohamed Khadhar Ibrahim, Lady Justice Philomena Mbete Mwilu, and Koome, who served as Chief Justice and President of the Supreme Court.
There are also Hon. Justices Dr. Smokin Wanjala, Lady Njoki Susanna Ndung’u, Isaac Lenaola, and William Ouko.
Odinga, last month, said the results were “null and void.”
Supreme Court verdict
Koome, however, stated in today’s verdict, “The petitioners did not provide a water-tight case against the election results.”
In her verdict, Koome said, “This is a unanimous decision of the court and we make the following orders. The presential election petition number E005 of 2022 as consolidated with the presidential election petition numbers E0,0,1,2,3,4,7 and 8 of 2022 are hereby dismissed.
“As a consequence, we declare the election result of the first respondent as President-elect to be valid.”
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Ruto’s wife uses a Bible passage to celebrate winning
Mama Rachel Ruto, the wife of Kenya’s incoming president, also quoted from the Bible to express her joy over the Supreme Court’s decision to maintain her husband’s election victory.
“Let us hold tightly without wavering to the hope we affirm for God can be trusted to keep His promise”, she tweeted, which is a verse from Hebrews 10:23.
“Congratulations Bill my love. God has done it. I am proud of you! May He give you the grace & wisdom to lead Kenya into greatness! You were born & destined for this!” she also said.
Amazing that the judges decided against us – Odinga
Raila Odinga, the unsuccessful candidate for president of Kenya, said he respects the Supreme Court’s decision not to uphold his appeal against the results of the election, which showed William Ruto winning, but he “vehemently disagrees.”
“We find it incredible that the judges found against us,” Mr. Odinga said in a statement posted on Twitter.
“This judgment is by no means the end of our movement,” he continued.
People in Nairobi cheer the Supreme Court verdict
William Ruto’s supporters have been seen in Nairobi, the country’s capital, celebrating the Supreme Court’s ruling upholding his victory in the presidential election last month.
In the courtroom, members of Mr. Ruto’s legal team raised their fists in celebration.