In 2008, Kenyan political leaders signed a power-sharing agreement stating that the two parties—the opposition and the then-ruling government—were in charge of the country’s operations. Amidst the 2007 post-election violence that saw masses killed in a bid to yank power away from the ruling government, the agreement created a peaceful environment for the nation’s suffering citizens. In the years following the signing of the agreement, Kenya approved a new constitution in a referendum that was conducted in 2010.
Fast forward to August 2017, in a turn of events, the recently concluded elections were marred with massive irregularities. Raila Odinga, leader of the opposition, filed a petition stating that the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) was compromised and the elections should be nullified given there was enough concrete evidence under which the Supreme Court could make a fair judgment. This was the same battle that Odinga fought five years ago, when in a court ruling, he lost to Uhuru Kenyatta, the sitting President. The Kenyan general elections were held on the 8th of August. Masses turned out to vote with the hope that their preferred candidate would clinch the presidential title.
Odinga Rejects Results
As the results were trickling on screen through the IEBC portal, it was interestingly noted that the Jubilee Party garnered a whopping 54% against NASA. According to the opposition leader, the figures were ‘cooked’ as the IEBC KIEMS was hacked using the late ICT manager’s credentials. Stating that there was invaluable evidence of tampering, Odinga rejected the election results. In a statement to the majority of Kenyans who chose him as the fifth president of Kenya, Kenyatta stated that the opposition should challenge the results in court; NASA won the petition at the Supreme Court on September 1st, 2017.
While issuing the court ruling, Justice Maraga indicated that the presidential results were nullified following the irregularities that popped up in the evidence provided by the opposition. NASA and the supporters took to the streets to celebrate the court ruling. Odinga stated that he was elated by the ruling. With IEBC suffering a major setback, the CEO, Ezra Chiloba, received a letter from the chairman stating that he be released from his duties effective immediately. Given the current aggressive political atmosphere, Odinga has confirmed that he will not settle for a power sharing deal this year. Confident that he will clinch power if the elections are conducted in the most fair and transparent ways, he indicated instead that the IEBC team must be disbanded and replaced with a credible team that can be trusted.