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Kenya: Presidential election petition – Supreme Court Judges ruled against Raila Odinga who wanted Uhuru Kenyatta’s election as President nullified

Posted by African Press International on April 30, 2013

Former Prime Minister Raila Odinga who lost to President Uhuru Kenyatta i the elections on 4th of March 2013 went to court seeking to nullify the elections. The Supreme Court ruled in favour of Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy President Ruto. The two were sworn in as president and deputy president on the 9th of april.

This leaves Raila in the cold. It was his third time trying to get elected as Kenya‘s president. When the next presidential elections come in 2017, Raila will be old to get elected since he will be clocking 73 years old.

Click here to read the ruling against Raila’s wishes to nullify the elections listed as nr. 1 and how Raila lost the the petition listed as number 2. : >

  1.  www.africanpress.me/ – Kenya Supreme Court: Full Judgement on Presidential election petition – april-16-2013.pdf
  2. http://www.standardmedia.co.ke/?articleID=2000082727&story_title=how-raila-lost-petition-at-the-supreme-court&pageNo=1

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An Open letter to President-elect Uhuru Kenyatta and Outgoing Prime Minister Raila Odinga

Posted by African Press International on April 5, 2013

First ,I would like to Congratulate the President-elect Uhuru Muigai Kenyatta for being democratically elected as the fourth Kenyan President. That, I would like also to complement both of you for the job well done,for the well-organized campaign teams and more so for the peaceful election period.

I also take this glad opportunity to thank the peaceful citizens of our beloved motherland, especially the youth for showing tolerance and ignoring to be used by politicians to cause chaos and hooliganism. Also ,my special thanks to all Kenya media houses for preaching peace messages through out the campaign period. hence ,cheers to all wakenya wazalendo.

The Honorable son of Jomo a.k.a “ Kamwana” and when I call you these names ,I call you with due respect as our beloved fourth President –elect whom I campaigned for, voted for and now happily celebrating your esteemed victory after the court verdict. Let me take this time to compliment you for being a charismatic energetic presidential candidate contender and for beating all other presidential candidates to remain a democratically elected president of The republic of Kenya.

The UhuRuto campaign was based on pillars of country transformation .Though, It is through the different presidential campaign trails we heard of analogue team, digital team , ICC criminals ,land grabbers ,reformers and non-reformers all said in the name of wooing the voters but not because they meant any good.I truly appreciate the sacrifices some have made to see Kenya where it is as of today under new constitution dispensation. It is now the time to keep no grudges but rather focus on matters of national building based on Jubilee manifestos that promised to see a complete transformation of a country to a strong economic prosperous nation.
Also, I wish to applaud you for your engagement with the country young leadership bearing in mind more than 70% of the Kenyan youth are unemployed, I remain hoping you will have a lean government that involves the youthful cabinet secretaries and in other government corporations. It is my believe a young talented cabinet with young digital fresh ideas from the young able men and women of Kenya will steer Kenya to the right direction towards achieving country blue print of vision 2030 and beyond.

  • Prime Minister Raila Amollo Odinga:

Bwana Raila, you are the true champion and have shown to be a true statesman in Kenya’s Democracy. For you have truly invested your time,energy and have sacrificed a lot for the democratic growth in our country.It is my hope and expectation that most of the fellow Kenyans will agree with me ,your acceptance for Supreme court of Kenya verdict was the most honorable act you did for the country.With all my due respect as I write this complimentary, I can’t imagine where Kenya would have been if you ignored the Supreme Court verdict. All the Kenyan institution you have fought for years to see them function could have gone in dismay. Thank you ,Bwana. Prime Minister for you will be remembered for such an honor of putting country first before your personal interest. As the late Prof.Saitoti said “There come a times when country interest are greater than our individual interests” I still share the same sentiments and thank you.

Mr. President Uhuru, I must applaud you for the patriotisms’ and pan –africanism. In the past few months to the election,on electioneering period till date the west countries namely U.S.A,U.K,EU and some other countries mostly from G8 having been making all kind of threats compromises and after the court verdict they were the first to send congratulatory messages that are too late – too little than needed.The best thing is ,we have known who is our real friend at the time of need. That,all the threats and consequences communicated through the media ,I am of the idea as you work from state house you now know who are the true Kenyan friends that means good for our country,especially after trying to impose a presidential candidate that they could turn to be a puppet of their own but mac yu we were more smarter than they thought and thankyou to my fellow Kenyans.
My kind and humble submission to the US,UK,EU leadership and all other countries at large is to realize Kenya is a sovereign Country,With a very mature democracy ,and if I may say with one of the best democracy in African continent.
That,Kenya has a democratically elected president and by so saying as-is on 4th march 2013, Kenya people have spoken and the Kenya people’s voice ought to be listened and respected. That, we need no lectures on maters of governance of our Country.Please note,If need be we will use the right diplomatic channels as it has always been.

May God bless our newly elected 4th government and their leaders.That even the ICC cases facing three innocent Kenyans will be inducted and May the Lord God give you wisdom and tenacity to serve our beloved motherland.

 

Sincerely,
Murithi Benjamin Ikirima-B. Env Sc.
UNO -2005 awardee and 2011 Dr.Frist Humanatarian Awardee Florida .U.S.A

 

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Power Struggle in Kenya; Out-going Prime Minister Raila Odinga did not fully concede defeat, instead he claims the win was stolen from him, intimating that it could lead people to look for other means

Posted by African Press International on April 2, 2013

What means is Raila talking about that his defeat may lead people to resort to? Is it force like in 1982 coup attempt or is it like in 2007/ 2008 post-election violence that led to many deaths forcing the winner Kibaki to share power with him.

Kenyans are not interested in sharing power. The power sharing for five years was a headache.
Now the Supreme Court has finally declared Hon Uhuru Kenyatta as the in-coming president with Hon William Ruto as Deputy president.
Raila Odinga should now retire peacefully as is expected by nearly all Kenyans.
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The Supreme Court of Kenya today Saturday the 30th of March 2013 declares:

Posted by African Press International on March 30, 2013

The Supreme Court judges have reached a unanimous decision to uphold the election of Uhuru Kenyatta and William Ruto as president and deputy president elect respectively. Reading the judgement Chief Justice Willy Mutunga said the IEBC conducted a free, fair and credible election. The court also dismissed the case filed by CORD and Africog.

The Fourth President of Kenya is Hon. Uhuru Kenyatta and his Deputy President is Hon. William Ruto.

The Kenyan people and the international community are now waiting for the petitioner Raila Odinga, a man known never to concede defeat in any election, to congratulate Hon Uhuru Kenyatta.

We in African Press International Congratulate the incoming President and his deputy!

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Kenya Presidential election petition: Uhuru, re-run (Uhuru/Raila, or fresh elections – The Supreme court ruling before 17.00hours Kenyan time today.

Posted by African Press International on March 30, 2013

Kenya‘s Chief Justice Willy Mutunga has stated that the Supreme Court will deliver its judgement today before 17.00 hours Kenya time.

“COMPATRIOTS. The Supreme Court will deliver its decision NOT LATER than 5pm today InshALLAH,” said Dr Mutunga on Twitter today Saturday the 30th March 2013.

The Chief Registrar of the Supreme Court Gladys Shollei said the Supreme Court judges had, in the morning retreated to deliberate on the evidence and write their ruling.

“The media and the public will be alerted an hour in advance before ruling,” she told a news conference in Nairobi Saturday morning.

The Supreme Court’s ruling is historic: It will either clear the way for the swearing in of President-elect Uhuru Kenyatta as Kenya’s fourth President, a run-off pitting Mr Uhuru Kenyatta and Prime Minister Raila Odinga, or a fresh election.

Police Inspector General Kimaiyo warns that those who will cause chaos after the ruling is made will face the law.

 

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Judiciary holds media training workshop

Posted by African Press International on November 11, 2012

The Judiciary is set to hold a two-day media workshop in Nairobi from today  as part of its efforts to open up to the media and enhance effective reporting of the ongoing transformation in the Kenyan courts.

The two-day workshop will bring together more than 250 journalists drawn from the state – owned Kenya News Agency (KNA) and members of the Kenya Correspondents Association (KCA) drawn from all the 47 counties, Kenya’s new governance units.

In a communication to the journalists invited to the conference, the Director, Public Affairs and Communications at the Judiciary, Naim Yaseen Bilal said the workshop was part of the efforts “to make the institution more accessible to the public”.

“The Judiciary is transforming as part of its efforts to live up to the dictates of the Constitution of Kenya 2010. Many of its aspects and approaches are changing,” he added.

The workshop, organized by the Judiciary in collaboration with the Ministry of Information and Communications and Kenya Correspondents Association, is expected to herald the start of a sustained engagement between the Judiciary and the two institutions and journalists based in the counties to enhance effective and accurate reporting of judicial matters.

“We are convinced that a sustained engagement between the media and the Judiciary will enhance public confidence in the courts and improve service delivery to the ordinary Kenyans. Journalists will also have their capacity built to improve the reporting of court proceedings and related judicial processes,” said Oloo Janak, the KCA Chair in a statement.

During the two-day workshop, media experts and judicial officers will discuss among others, the ongoing Transformation of the Judiciary, the Experiences, Challenges and Opportunities of Reporting the New Judiciary and Building partnerships between the Media and the Judiciary.

The journalists will also give the experiences and challenges they have faced in reporting the judiciary in the past and make recommendations on how to improve their interaction with and access to information from the judiciary.

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