AUGUST 9 POLL

Judges association welcomes Supreme Court ruling on presidential petition

Kuto said CJ Martha Koome's achievements in the short time are 'massive'.

In Summary

• On August 15, IEBC chairman Wafula Chebukati declared Ruto the President-elect after he defeated Raila and two other candidates in the poll on August 9.

• Ruto had garnered 7.1 million votes, while Raila Odinga garnered 6.9 million as declared by the IEBC.

Kenya Judges and Magistrates President Derrick Kuto
Kenya Judges and Magistrates President Derrick Kuto
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The Kenya Magistrates and Judges Association has welcomed the decision by the Supreme Court, upholding the election of William Ruto as the fifth President of Kenya. 

In a statement, KMJA president Derrick Kuto said they believe in the independence of the judiciary, further urging Kenyans to abide by the apex court's decision.

"We believe in the independence of the Judiciary and we urge all to abide by not just this Supreme Court decision but many other determinations that courts at all levels render on a day to day basis," reads the statement.

Kuto said Chief Justice Martha Koome's achievements in the short time are 'massive'.

He added, "Totally unrelated to the judgement, we applaud our Chief Justice Martha Koome for her exemplary leadership to the institution of the judiciary."

The Supreme Court of Kenya on Monday confirmed Ruto's victory in the August 9 presidential election.

Reading the verdict of the Supreme Court, CJ Koome said Ruto garnered 50 per cent plus one vote cast required for one to be announced the winner. 

On August 15, IEBC chairman Wafula Chebukati declared Ruto the President-elect after he defeated Raila and two other candidates in the August 9 poll.

Ruto had garnered 7.1 million votes, while Raila Odinga garnered 6.9 million as declared by the IEBC.

However, his fierce competitor Raila of the Azimio la Umoja One coalition rejected the results terming them "null and void" and promised a bruising battle at the Supreme Court.

He filed a petition at the Supreme Court challenging  Ruto’s win but the petition was dismissed.

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