Kenya shies away from taking a stab at history for the second time

The world was keenly following events in Kenya as it unfolded by the minute casting a powerful magnifying lens especially at the Kenyan Supreme Court wondering if history would repeat itself.

Three voters had moved to Supreme Court, the same court that nullified the August Presidential election due illegalities and irregularities hoping it would postpone the fresh presidential elections scheduled for October 26th even before it has been held.

The three identified as Khalef Khalifa, Samuel Mohochi and Gacheke Gachuhi argued that the electoral commission is divided and therefore cannot guarantee a fair and credible poll.

However the case hit a dead end before it had even had a chance to be heard,

Chief Justice, David Maraga declined to hear the petition stating that the apex court lacked quorum since most of his colleagues could not make it for the session.

Five judges were absent leaving only Maraga and Justice Isaac Lenaola to hear the petition therefore disqualifying the case from proceeding to hearing since the quorum of five, needed to hear such a matter was not attained.

As a result, the presidential elections would go on as planned.

On September 1st Kenya entered into the annals of history after the Supreme Court nullified the August 8th Presidential elections citing massive illegalities and irregularities committed by the electoral body, Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission.

Kenya became the first country in Africa to nullify a presidential election and grabbed international headlines across the globe.

Former Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton even quoted Kenya while arguing that USA, the land of the free should have also annulled Her challenger’s win, Donald Trump in the face of accusation that Russia had interfered in the hotly contested US elections.

Globally, Kenya joined Austria, Maldives and Ukraine to become the fourth country so far to have ever cancelled presidential results.

Historians world over had therefore hoped for history sake the same Supreme Court would have postponed the fresh Presidential elections, effectively making history for the second time.

However, knowing Kenyan elections, Historian s should not be quick to close and file away the Kenyan case, with the opposition not participating and promising to go back to the Supreme Court not to mention urging their supporters to hold demonstrations tomorrow all is not over yet, Kenya has a knack of pulling surprises.


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