30 March 2013

Kenya: Swear in Uhuru, Kenya's Highest Court Rules

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Kenya's Supreme Court.

Nairobi — Uhuru Kenyatta will now be sworn in as Kenya's fourth president on April 9, after the Supreme Court on Saturday evening struck out Prime Minister Raila Odinga's petition challenging his election.

In the landmark decision, the judges agreed that the announcement by the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) declaring Kenyatta as president will stand.

The six-judge bench arrived at the verdict after analysing arguments brought forth by lawyers for the IEBC, Kenyatta, deputy President-elect William Ruto and three voters who wanted a determination on the validity of rejected ballots in the finally tally.

IEBC defended itself saying it conducted a free and fair election and did not programme systems to fail so that it could favour any side of the political divide.

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JUDIE KABERIA is a Special Projects Reporter. She has eight years experience in Journalism in Kenya and Germany. She has scooped awards in Reproductive Health, Population and Development and Gender and Development. She has participated in international conferences in Germany. She has a soft spot for human rights and justice stories.

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