Homabay, 23 August, 2022 / 8:32 pm (ACI Africa).
A Catholic Bishop in Kenya has invited Kenyans to prayer “for the truth and justice to prevail” after petitions challenging the declaration of the country’s Deputy President, Dr. William Ruto, winner of the Presidential election, was filed in the Supreme Court.
On August 15, the chairman of the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC), Wafula Chebukati, declared Dr. Ruto the winner of the tight Presidential poll with 50.49% of the valid votes, against his main challenger, former Prime Minister who garnered 48.85%.
Mr. Odinga rejected the declared presidential results and on Monday, August 22, through the political coalition he leads, Azimio La Umoja, filed a petition in Kenya’s Supreme Court seeking to have Dr. Ruto’s victory overturned.
Eight other petitions have been filed at the Nairobi-based court, all citing illegalities and irregularities in the Presidential election results, and praying that the court overturns the win of Dr. Ruto. The petitioners include John Njoroge Kamau, Daniel Kariuki Ngari, Juliah Nyokabi Chege, Khelef Khalifa, Okiya Omtatah, Youth Advocacy Africa and Reuben Kigame.
In a Monday, August 22 statement, Bishop Michael Odiwa of Kenya’s Homabay Diocese congratulates Kenyans for coming out in numbers to elect their political leaders on August 9.