The Chief Justice of Kenya has become a household name lately in the country as he has called last month’s presidential election tainted by irregularities and illegalities.
David Maraga said Kenya must go on polls again and President Uhuru Kenyatta cannot take the chair based on the results of last month’s election.
It is not to forget courts have a long history of corruption in Kenya and Maraga too once accused of taking a bribe. He is a Seventh-day Adventist and had to take oath on live television keeping hand on holy book Bible not to take a bribe ever.
However, the Supreme Court Chief Justice has become a national hero by ruling to nullify the election and some has even called to rename a street with his name in capital city Nairobi.
The decision has shocked Kenyatta who was so confident even before the elections to rule the country for second term. He even had urged the opposition leader, Raila Odinga, to resolve dispute by legal means and not in the streets.
Four of the six justices of Supreme Court voted for new election within sixty days. This is a powerful reminder for democracy in the country where many are saying to be interested in a transparent poll and winner as well.
Maraga blamed electoral commission for irregularities.
In 2007 too the presidential election in Kenya was disputed that set off bloodshed and left more than 1,000 people dead.