The Supreme Court of Kenya on Monday dismissed a petition challenging William Ruto as president-elect, paving the way for his swearing-in next week in line with the country’s constitution.
A seven-judge bench unanimously agreed that Ruto met the constitutional threshold to be declared the east African nation’s fifth president, putting to rest a weeks-long legal battle with his closest rival in the August 9th presidential election, Raila Odinga.
And in a public statement after the court pronouncements, Odinga said that while they respect the opinion of the court they vehemently disagree with their decision today. Still upbeat, Odinga stated that this ‘judgment is by no means the end of our movement.’
“…….in fact it inspires us to redouble our efforts to transform this country into a prosperous democracy where each and every Kenyan can find their full belonging,” Odinga said in a statement in which he thanks supporters and Kenyans for standing with him.
We will be communicating in the near future on our plans to continue our struggle for transparency, accountability and democracy, Odinga added as he signed off the statement.