Kenya: Former Justice Minister Petitions Court To Overturn Ruto’s Re-election
Kenya’s former Justice Minister, Martha Karua Friday petitioned the East African Court of Justice to overturn President William Ruto’s August election victory.
Karua was the running mate to veteran opposition leader Raila Odinga.
She filed the petition jointly with Muslims for Human Rights, a non-governmental organization, accusing the Kenyan electoral commission, the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC), of a “clear violation of the applicable laws.”
In her petition to the regional court, which is based in neighbouring Tanzania, Karua said the IEBC “engaged in multiple acts that violated the rights of the applicants and of other citizens,” according to Reuters news agency.
She said the violations included allowing unauthorised people to access, delete, alter or upload results.
Odinga challenged the election outcome but Kenya’s Supreme Court upheld Ruto’s victory in September.
Odinga accepted the Supreme Court’s ruling, allaying fears of political violence experienced after previous elections.
Ruto won the election held in August despite a public repudiation by his former boss, outgoing President Uhuru Kenyatta, who said Ruto was “not fit for office.”