Saturday, March 30, 2013
The Supreme Court has upheld the election of Uhuru Kenyatta as Kenya's fourth president.
Chief Justice Willy Mutunga said Mr Kenyatta and William Ruto were validly elected as President and Deputy President respectively.
"It is the decision that the third and fourth respondents were validly elected," Dr Mutunga said.
The judgement paves way for the swearing in ceremony of Mr Kenyatta set for April 9 at the Kasarani Gymnasium in Nairobi.
The Head of Public Service Francis Kimemia said the government will gazette Tuesday, April 9 as a public holiday when Mr Kenyatta will be sworn in as president.
"The rehearsals will begin on Monday. We have adopted the programme we had earlier on,” said Mr Kimemia Saturday.
Martha Karua, who was a presidential candidate in the March 4 General Election, lauded the Supreme Court's decision.
"It is great that the first and most contested decision of the Supreme Court was unanimous. It is a good start for the court," she said.
Below is text of nation.co.ke live coverage.
17:10 Judges leave the court.
17:09 CJ: Supreme Court has discharged its constitutional mandate.
17:08 Dr Mutunga thanks parties to the petition for their contribution to jurisprudence on election issues.
17:06 Attorney General Githu Muigai thanks the Supreme Court judges for their determination of the presidential election.
17:05 Dr Mutunga says detailed judgement to be issued within two weeks.
17:04 Dr Mutunga says Kenyatta and Ruto were validly elected.
17:04 CJ: General Election was free and fair.
17:03 BREAKING NEWS: CJ says Supreme Court has reached a unanimous decision.
17:01 The Court Clerk invites the CJ to issue the judgement.
Source: Daily Nation