• Azimio yesterday delivered its presidential petition on behalf of Raila Odinga to the Supreme Court
• Elections have largely been peaceful since 2007 because candidates know they can appeal to the courts if they feel disgruntled
Yesterday Azimio delivered their candidate Raila Odinga's presidential petition to the Supreme Court.
The petition arrived in a lorry that must have given hope to Azimio supporters but the William Ruto team is still claiming that the petition is based on vague generalities rather than hard facts.
Whatever the rights and wrongs, the seven-judge Supreme Court needs to adjudicate the petition without fear or favour.
Since 2007, presidential elections have been peaceful because the electorate and candidates know that they can resort to the courts in case they feel cheated. Indeed in 2017, the Supreme Court annulled the presidential election and ordered a rerun
It is vital that the judiciary remains independent. Kenya can be distinguished from other countries in East Africa, and indeed Africa, by the strength of its institutions including the KRA, CBK, and various arms of government. These institutions are bigger than whoever happens to be President. That institutional strength is the bedrock of Kenya's long-term stability.
So as the Supreme Court adjudicates this petition, it should not consider the power and influence of any particular politician – it should only consider the merits of the petition and makes its judgement accordingly.
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