Was Kenya’s Presidential Election Cancellation A Coup?
Your guess is as good as mine.
But that is how the President of Kenya, Uhuru Kenyatta sees the cancellation of the presidential election which he won on August 8.
Kenyatta said on Thursday that the country’s Supreme Court staged a “coup” against the will of the people when it annulled his win in last month’s presidential election.
His tough remarks came on the same day that the election board announced the repeat election had been delayed until October 26.
Things can get messy in Kenyan elections and comments like these do not help matters.
In fact, there is growing fear of violence ahead of the rescheduled elections.
Recall that in 2007, such rise in the country’s political temperature led to clashes that eventually killed around 1,200 people following after the presidential vote was disputed.
“A coup in Kenya has just been done by the four people in the Supreme Court,” Kenyatta said in a televised meeting with supporters, delivered mostly in Kiswahili.
“(The court is saying) ‘numbers don’t matter, it is processes that matter,” he lamented.
This was contrary to his earlier reception of the ruling on September 1.
Immediately after the ruling, he had called for calm and respect for the rule of law.
In the meantime, the world watches, as Kenyans head to the poll on October 26.
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