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Kenya opposition boycott opening session of parliament

Kenya opposition boycott opening session of parliament”

As President Kenyatta was in Parliament, the opposition brigade led by Odinga was in Kibra constituency holding a rally. The 2007 general election in Nigeria was rigged. Notwithstanding claims of a fair election by global observers including former US Secretary of State, John Kerry, the court determined that it was not conducted in "accordance with the Constitution".

The September 1 announcement by the Kenyan Supreme Court that the poll had been "invalid, null and void" appeared to take Kenya, including, it seemed, both of the main political protagonists completely by surprise.

Kenya's election commission has set 17 October as the date for a new presidential vote between Kenyatta and the opposition leader, Raila Odinga, following the Supreme Court ruling.

With Kenya thrown into turmoil after the much-disputed Presidential election results were announced, the aggrieved opponents of President Kenyatta turned to the judiciary for succor.It is heart-warming that they received the succor that they sought, unlike their counterparts in Nigeria in nearly four decades of election disputes at the Central level, where the interests of the ruling party and that of an incumbent president are interwoven, and in conflict with the destiny of a nation and its beleaguered people.The Supreme Court, Kenya's highest judicial chamber, did not disappoint the Petitioners, their country, the Black race, and indeed, all lovers of democracy.

The aftermath of these elections contrasts with that of 2007, where over 1000 people were killed in post election violence. Just a matter of a few days after the August 8 poll, with Odinga's supporters crying foul and with deaths resulting from police/protestor confrontations mounting, the elections observers were providing verdicts that would not only have pleased President Kenyatta and his party but would also have been met with relief (and satisfaction) by the Kenyan business community and the global community, given the credentials of the observer teams.

NASA leaders had called on its members to boycott the session graced by President Uhuru Kenyatta. Now in 2017, the court's decision to annul is a move that may change Kenyan politics forever and inspire electoral reform. Electoral fraud has sustained authoritarianism in many of Africa's democratic nations, and the continent has suffered for it.

Coincidentally, no representative from the Judiciary attended the function, a fact that did not escape the attention of some MPs, who wondered why the judges chose to keep away, although reports indicated that they had been invited. The question that arises now is whether the trusted observers might have gotten it wrong in Kenya last month, and whether what happened there might have implications for their broader standing as reliable elections' watchers.



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