Kenya’s president calls on court to dismiss election petitions against his win


Uhuru Kenyatta
Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta addresses a news conference
at the State House in Nairobi December 2, 2014. Kenyatta
said on Tuesday he had nominated a new interior minister
and accepted the resignation of the head of the police,
both of whom have been criticised for failing to stop a
spate of attacks blamed on Islamist militants.

Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta has called on the Supreme
Court to throw out petitions challenging his election on
October 26.

Kenyatta said in a statement on Sunday that the over ten
petitioners’ claims were unsubstantiated and a waste of
judicial time and resources, reports local news portal Daily

“Accordingly, it is deceitful and misleading for the
petitioners to masquerade as bona fide defenders of the public
interest,” he said in the statement describing them as agents
of the main opposition party led by Raila Odinga.

The president accused the National Super Alliance (NASA) party of making unlawful attempts to stop
the repeat elections which he won by 98% as a result of the
opposition boycott.

The petitioners including opposition members and some civil
rights activists are calling on the Supreme Court to nullify
the outcome of the repeat polls citing supposed illegalities
including the push for the amendment of the electoral laws, the
holding of elections despite the withdrawal of the opposition
and the skip of renomination of candidates before the polls.

The court has until November 14 to rule on the petitions. If it
upholds the result, Kenyatta will be sworn in on November 28.
Uhuru Kenyatta won the October 26 repeat election with a total
vote of 7.4 million (98% of total votes).