Prior to the September 5 ruling, CJ Koome and her deputy, Philomena Mwilu, asked Kenyans to pray for the Supreme Court judges as they withdrew to write their judgment.
In her address on September 2 on the last day of the court hearing, the Kenyan CJ appealed for prayers for the seven Supreme Court judges “so that we can render judgment that promotes our Constitution that is anchored in the law that nurtures our democracy, brings our money to our country and everything good that is stated in our Constitution.”
On her part, DCJ Philomena Mwilu asked Kenyans to pray as the seven-member team deliberates on the hearing. She said while the deliberation and delivery of the verdict is not a difficult phase, “it is intense… and therefore needing prayer.”
“We ask you that you pray to whatever God you pray to that that God will assist us to continue in the spirit we've been in for the last one year and that we shall have a very high sense of discernment and that we shall return to Kenya a judgment not less than what Kenya expects,” said Kenya’s DCJ.
Following the August 15 declaration of Ruto’s victory by the chairman on Kenya’s Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC), Wafula Chebukati, a total of nine Presidential Election Petitions were filed in the Supreme Court, two of which were struck out “for failure to meet the constitutional threshold.”
The main challenger in the Presidential petition was Kenya’s former Prime Minister, Raila Amolo Odinga, who had unsuccessfully vied for the country’s top political seat for the fifth time.
Top on the list of the petitions that were tabled, Raila’s party, the Azimio la Umoja, wanted the Supreme Court Judges to investigate whether the technology deployed by the IEBC for the conduct of the 2022 general elections met the standards of integrity, verifiability, security, and transparency to guarantee accurate and verifiable results.
On the election technology, CJ Koome said that the court was not persuaded that the technology deployed by IEBC failed on integrity, verifiability, security and transparency.
The aggrieved Azimio la Umoja team also appealed to the court to establish whether there were irregularities and illegalities of such magnitude as to affect the final result of the Presidential Election, to which the court found that the illegalities and irregularities pointed out by the petitioners were not of such magnitude as to affect the final result of the Presidential election.
Meanwhile, the Catholic Church in Kenya has maintained a leadership role in sensitizing the masses on the need to remain calm amid the just ended process.