Uhuru Kenyatta intimidates the Supreme Court judges after losing his way

Uhuru Kenyatta intimidates the Supreme Court judges after losing his way

Uhuru Kenyatta says ‘we clearly have a problem’ as he vows to ‘fix’ judiciary after Supreme Court nullified election.



President Uhuru Kenyatta addresses supporters after his election win was declared invalid on Friday [Thomas Mukoya/Reuters]

(Aljazeera) — Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta said on Saturday the country has “a problem” with its judiciary that must be fixed.He was speaking a day after the Supreme Court annulled his election win last month and ordered a new poll within 60 days.“We shall revisit this thing. We clearly have a problem,” he said, referring to the judiciary.The president’s public appearances since the ruling suggest he intends to campaign rigorously ahead of the re-run of the August 8 poll.He said via Twitter on Saturday: “For now let us meet at the ballot.”Observers have warned the new election could bring even more tension to a country where politics is largely divided along tribal lines.“Kenya just had a difficult and controversial election, and this decision pushes it right back into another electoral campaign,” said analyst Nic Cheeseman of the University of Birmingham.

“The outcome of the next election may be controversial again”.

Attention now turns back to the election board. The court ruled it had “failed, neglected or refused to conduct the presidential election in a manner consistent with the dictates of the constitution”.

Raila Odinga, the veteran opposition leader whose coalition brought the petition against the election board to the Supreme Court, said on Friday some officials from the commission should face criminal prosecution.

The chairman of the election board said there would be personnel changes, but it was not clear if that would be enough for the opposition. Sweeping out the whole board would complicate efforts to hold a new poll within two months.

Last month’s election – which included the presidential poll in addition to races at other levels of government – was one of the most expensive ever held in Africa. Ahead of the vote Kenya’s treasury said preparation and execution of polling would cost the equivalent of $480m.

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