Martha Karua denies conceding defeat
Azimio la Umoja’s presidential running mate Martha Karua has denied conceding defeat to President-Elect William Ruto.
Karua insisted that respecting the court ruling did not mean conceding.
“I state clearly that I disagree with the court ruling,” she added.
Her sentiments come hours after the Supreme Court seven bench judge led by Chief Justice Martha Koome affirmed Ruto’s win.
The CJ also said that the judges unanimously voted Ruto’s win while dismissing petitions filed and presented by Raila Odinga and 7 others.
Days after the August 9th general elections, the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission’s (IEBC) chair Wafula Chebukati announced William Ruto as the President-Elect.
However, Odinga disputed the win saying it was null and void and together with his running mate vowed to challenge Ruto’s win in court.
Armed with a good number of lawyers and a lorry full of evidence, Odinga’s lawyers laid bear their petitions to the judges last week.
Analogies, hypothetical scenarios, and hilarious stories were used in a bid to persuade the judges as Kenyans giggled on the sidelines.
Political die-hards from both Odinga and Ruto’s sides drummed up their support for their preferred presidential candidates as they hoped for their leader to win.
On the other hand, judges over the weekend could not even close their eyes for a second to catch some sleep as Kenyans’ fate was in their hands.
Deputy Chief Justice Philomena Mwilu said, “We the seven of us haven’t slept since we parted company on Friday. I think it is showing on our faces. And now you can allow us to go home and sleep.”
The Supreme Court in Milimani Nairobi was not in use for the one week the presidential election petition was going on with security being beefed up more on Monday when the ruling was to be given.