Nairobi, 29 August, 2022 / 9:55 pm (ACI Africa).
Religious leaders in Kenya have urged citizens of the East African country to accept the ruling of the Supreme Court that one the political coalitions in the August 9 general elections, Azimio La Umoja, filed seeking to overturn the Presidential results.
On August 15, the chairman of the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) declared Deputy President, Dr. William Ruto, the winner of the tight Presidential election with 50.49% of the valid votes, against his main challenger, former Prime Minister Raila Amolo Odinga’s 48.85%.
On August 22, Mr. Odinga rejected the declared presidential results and filed a petition in view of overturning Dr. Ruto’s victory.
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 their Monday, August 29 statement shared with ACI Africa, the religious leaders representing Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops (KCCB) National Council of Churches of Kenya (NCCK), Supreme Council of Kenya Muslims (SUPKEM) and Hindu Council of Kenya (HCK) urge Kenyans to accept the verdict of the Supreme Court as win for Kenya.