Lagat and Robert Manyara NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
There was jubilation in opposition strongholds on Friday
after Kenya’s Supreme Court cancelled the results of
Aug. 8 presidential elections citing massive
Thousands of opposition supporters who
gathered outside the Supreme Court broke into song and
dance when the Chief Justice of Kenya’s apex court
annulled the outcome of presidential polls where the
incumbent Uhuru Kenyatta was declared the winner.
Waving banners and placards, opposition supporters
described the ruling as a precedent setter in Africa
where nullification of presidential results is rare.
The opposition National Super Alliance (NASA)
presidential candidate, Raila Odinga, had filed a
petition at the Supreme Court, challenging Kenyatta’s
Odinga cited gross tampering of the entire voting
exercise and refused to concede defeat when the
electoral body declared Kenyatta the winner of hotly
His supporters in Nairobi, Western Kenya and the
Coast region hailed the cancellation of presidential
election results, saying it confirmed their fears that
their candidate was denied presidency through
manipulation of vote tallying and transmission.
Major streets in Nairobi were turned into a carnival
as jubilant supporters sang and danced victory tune in a
largely peaceful manner.
Residents of the densely populated Nairobi slums of
Kibera and Mathare came out in large numbers to
celebrate the Supreme Court ruling as police kept a
vigil to prevent breakdown of law and order.
Peter Oduor, a resident of Mathare told television
reporters that he was elated to learn that Supreme Court
judges had annulled the presidential election results
that were disputed by the opposition.
"The ruling is a victory for Kenyans who turned up in
large numbers to vote but felt realization of their
dreams was aborted mid-way.
"We need to promote transparency in our electoral
process," said Oduor.
Meanwhile, supporters of the ruling Jubilee Party
that clinched presidency during the just concluded
elections expressed disappointment with the Supreme
Charles Mburu, a civic leader in Naivasha town
located 90 kilometers northwest of Nairobi, said he was
not satisfied with the ruling.
"We are shocked and somehow disappointed by the court
ruling but we will maintain peace and order since we are
law-abiding citizens," said Mburu.
His sentiments were echoed by Jane Muthoni, a
vegetable vendor who said that a lengthy electioneering
process bode ill for economic growth in the country.
"Those of us in business, we are not happy with the
decision by the Supreme Court to cancel presidential
election results. Nevertheless, we are determined to
move on and uphold peace," Muthoni.