President Kenyatta says he disagrees with, but respects court ruling

Friday September 01 2017

Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta flanked by deputy president William Ruto during his address to the nation in the wake of the ruling annulling his re-election at State House, Nairobi on September 1, 2017. PHOTO | SAMUEL MIRING'U | NMG

Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta has said he respects the Supreme Court ruling that has annulled his re-election but disagrees with it.

"Millions of people queued and made their choice and six people have decided that they will go against that will," Mr Kenyatta said in his nation address.

"I personally disagree with the court decision, but I will respect it," he said.

While urging Kenyans to maintain peace, the President said he is ready for the repeat election in 60 days.

"We are ready to go back to the people with the same agenda that we delivered to the people," he said, adding that he would beat his arch-rival Raila Odinga at the ballot.

Chief Justice David Maraga, announcing the ruling of four out of the six judges, declared President Kenyatta's re-election in the August 8 poll "invalid, null and void" due to irregularities committed by the electoral commission, IEBC.


The court ordered for a new vote in 60 days.