NAIROBI, Kenya, Sep 1 – Kenyans are upbeat that calmness will prevail after the Supreme Court ruling on the presidential petition filed by National Super Alliance leaders Raila Odinga and Kalonzo Musyoka.
Those who spoke to Capital FM News in the streets of Nairobi said they anticipate no interruptions following the ruling which the court registry said in a statement to newsrooms on Friday will be delivered at 11am.
“Calmness returned in the country a long time ago. Kenyans are peace-loving people and will accept the outcome,” one of those we spoke to said.
“We understand that in this contest, there shall be a winner and a loser but we’re ready to live together after the ruling – those of us who lose and those who win,” a newspaper vendor along Kenyatta Avenue remarked.
“All I know is that all will be well because we largely expect both parties to abide by the ruling of the court now that they submitted themselves to the process,” yet another Nairobi resident told Capital FM News.
Security in the city remains high with a particular focus on roads leading to the Supreme Court, precincts of which remain guarded and admission is strictly by accreditation.
Chief Justice David Maraga, Deputy Chief Justice Philomena Mwilu, and Justices Jackton Ojwang’, Mohamed Ibrahim, Njoki Ndung’u, Smokin Wanjala and Isaac Lenaola retired Tuesday night after the conclusion of hearings to write the ruling.
Odinga and Kalonzo had pleaded with the court to nullify the August 8 vote and order a fresh round of “legitimate elections” terming the presidential vote held last month as a “fatally compromised” poll.
Should the Supreme Court annul the election of President Uhuru Kenyatta who was enlisted as the third respondent in the matter, an election will be held within sixty days.
If his win is upheld, he will be inaugurated on September 12.