At Least Two killed in Protests After Kenya’s Top Court Upholds Kenyatta Victory






Kenya’s Supreme Court on Monday validated the election victory of President Uhuru Kenyatta, sparking opposition protests that left two dead, police said.

While the court decision led to celebrations in ruling party strongholds, protesters took to the street in opposition areas in the capital and the west of the country.


One protester was killed in Nairobi’s Kibera slum, while a paramedic tending the injured at a demonstration in western Migori was also shot dead, according to police.

The protests erupted after the Supreme Court dismissed two petitions seeking to overturn the victory of Kenyatta in the October 26 elections, paving the way for him to be sworn in for a second five-year term on November 28.

“The court has unanimously determined that the petitions are not merited. As a consequence, the presidential election of 26 October is hereby upheld as is the election of the third respondent,” said Chief Justice David Maraga, referring to Kenyatta.

Maraga had in September annulled an August election due to “irregularities and illegalities,” a historic decision hailed across the globe as an opportunity to boost Kenyan democracy.


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