Kenyan president vows to 'fix' judiciary that invalidated his election

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The country's electoral commission had already declared incumbent President Uhuru Kenyatta the victor of last month's election, with 54.3 percent of the vote in a contest were almost 80 percent of Kenya's 19 million registered voters were said to have cast ballots.

The decision of Kenya's Supreme Court to annul the re-election of outgoing president Uhuru Kenyatta and order a rerun "does honour to Africa", African Union chief Alpha Conde said on Monday.

"The fresh presidential election is officially scheduled for 17th October 2017".

In Gatundu, President Uhuru Kenyatta's hometown, residents who spoke to Nation said the decision by the Supreme Court was not only unfair but it is also bad for the economy as the money spent during the August 8 election "has just gone to waste".

The court on Friday said the electoral commission had committed irregularities in the vote and called for a new election within 60 days. On August 11, the IEBC declared incumbent President Uhuru Kenyatta the victor with 54.27 percent of the votes.

Odinga had petitioned the court to overturn the result, claiming the electoral system was hacked and rigged in Kenyatta's favor. Four of the high court's six judges ruled that the vote had been marred by irregularities that had harmed the integrity of the election.

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While congratulating the good people of Kenya on the historical judgement, he called on them to be law abiding and shun violence.

He said, "Why is it that this time they don't want to accept the ruling from the courts? A lot of them actually belong in jail and therefore we are going to ask prosecution for all the electoral commission officials who have committed this monstrous crime against the people of Kenya". "Let us be people of peace".

Kenyatta and Odinga, along with their same running mates, will once again compete for the seat.

'The first respondent (the election board) failed, neglected or refused to conduct the presidential election in a manner consistent with the dictates of the constitution'. "It's likely the (commission) will conduct elections as constituted", Mkangi said. Kenyatta's Cabinet and top civil service positions have been filled mainly with members of his Kikuyu group and the Kalenjin group of his deputy president, William Ruto. "It is a whole new election with the requirements that the August 8 one had", Mr Mwangi said.

"Do you understand me?"

Lawyers who represented President Kenyatta and the IEBC protested the judgment and sought explanations and clarifications from the judges.

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