15 February 2013

Kenya: Uhuru Welcomes Eligibility Ruling

Presidential candidate on a Jubilee coalition ticket Uhuru Kenyatta has said that he is happy with the ruling delivered by a five-judge bench earlier today. In the statement released through Uhuru's communications director Munyori Buku, he said, "I welcome the high court ruling today.

It has affirmed what we have always held; the people of Kenya--and they alone--have the power and the mandate to determine the leadership of this great country."

"Kenya has come of age and the people of Kenya can never go wrong," the statement continued to say. In the ruling delivered by justices Hellen Omondi, Mbogholi Msagha, Luka Kimaru, Pauline Nyamwea and George Kimondo, the High court determined that it had no jurisdiction to bar Kenyatta and his running mate William Ruto from running for elective posts.

Civil society groups had moved to court to to have orders issued barring the two from contesting the presidency and deputy presidency in the March 4 election.

The court however said that any petitions related to the election to office of the president can only be dealt with by the Supreme court as stipulated in article 163 of the constitution.

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