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Vol 10 No 1

The tendency sometimes to protect perpetrators for the sake of peace...doesn't help society. Impunity should not be allowed to stand. - Kofi Annan on Waki report

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Saturday March 30, 2013 - The Kenya Supreme Court upholds decision of electoral body. Rules that Uhuru Kenyatta won the Presidential vote and should be the next President of Kenya. His main rival Raila Odinga agrees with the decision and wishes Uhuru well in running government.Kenya's Chief Justice Willy Mutunga - his 6-person panel has decided today that Uhuru Kenyatta won the recent Presidential race.Uhuru Kenyatta is declared the winner of controversial Kenya polls. He faces trial at the ICC.

Kenya's Supreme Court has today ruled that Uhuru Kenyatta won the race for Kenya's State House. This means that Uhuru Kenyatta was validly elected as the country's fourth President since independence after his father Mze Jomo Kenyatta, Daniel arap Moi and Mwai Kibaki. Reports the authoritative Daily Nation newspaper of Kenya -

"The Supreme Court has upheld the election of Uhuru Kenyatta as Kenya's fourth president. Chief Justice Willy Mutunga said Mr Kenyatta and William Ruto were validly elected as President and Deputy President respectively. It is the decision that the third and fourth respondents were validly elected," Dr Mutunga said. The judgement paves way for the swearing in ceremony of Mr Kenyatta set for April 9 at the Kasarani Gymnasium in Nairobi.The Head of Public Service Francis Kimemia said the government will gazette Tuesday, April 9 as a public holiday when Mr Kenyatta will be sworn in as president.ll begin on Monday. We have adopted the programme we had earlier on,” said Mr Kimemia Saturday. Prime Minister Raila Odinga has conceded defeat following the Supreme Court judgement that upheld Uhuru Kenyatta's election as president. Mr Odinga wished Mr Kenyatta well in running the affairs of government. "I wish Mr Kenyatta and his team well," he said during a news conference in his office Saturday Mr Odinga said though the Coalition for Reforms and Democracy (Cord) did not agree with the findings of the court, he said the coalition would abide by it."

What has been played out in Kenya demonstrates what democracy should be about.

An election is concluded in which one person is declared winner by the electoral body. The main challenger felt cheated and uses his constitutional rights to appeal the decision of the electoral body in the courts - this time the Supreme court as provided by Kenya's laws. Both sides, winner and loser say to all and sundry that they would abide by the decision of the Supreme Court. Uhuru is on record as saying that he would not object to the Supreme Court ordering a re-run. Raila Odinga says he would abide by whatever decision the Supreme Court states and true to the spirit of the of their words and the occasion, both men have kept to their word thereby consolidating Kenya's democratic record.

There were no abusive articles against Raila Odinga in pro-Uhuru news outlets when Odinga decided to take his grievance to the courts as provided by the constitution. We do hope that Sierra Leone would learn from the Kenya example. Congratulations Uhuru Kenyatta and congratulations Raila Odinga. You make Kenya really proud.

And just one salient point. When will the Sierra Leone Supreme Court decide on the Julius Maada Bio petition challenging the decision of the Dr Christiana Thorpe administration to declare Ernest Bai Koroma winner of the November 17, 2012 Presidential polls?

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