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Fuming Kenyatta hits out at judiciary over poll cancellation

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By Agence France-Presse

Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta on Saturday lashed out at the judiciary for overturning his re-election, and refused opposition demands to replace the tarnished polls commission.

Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta addresses a crowd on September 1, 2017 in a Nairobi susburb, following an announcement by the country's Supreme Court that Kenya's August 8 election, in which Uhuru was declared winner, had been cancelled.  (AFP PHOTO / TONY KARUMBA / MANILA BULLETIN)

Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta addresses a crowd on September 1, 2017 in a Nairobi susburb, following an announcement by the country’s Supreme Court that Kenya’s August 8 election, in which Uhuru was declared winner, had been cancelled.
(AFP PHOTO / TONY KARUMBA / MANILA BULLETIN)

While repeating his assertion that he respected the Supreme Court decision, a bellicose Kenyatta set the stage for a bitter and tense re-run of the presidential election which must take place before October 31.

Chief Justice David Maraga on Friday declared Kenyatta’s victory in August 8 polls “invalid, null and void”, pointing to widespread irregularities in the electronic transmission of vote results.

“Every time we do something a judge comes out and places an injunction. It can’t go on like this… there is a problem and we must fix it,” said Kenyatta.

“I think those robes they wear make them think that they are more clever than the rest of us Kenyans,” Kenyatta said of the Supreme Court judges, taking specific aim at Maraga.

“Maraga thinks he can overturn the will of the people. We shall show you… that the will of the people cannot be overturned by a few people.”

On Friday he slammed the judges as “crooks” — after weeks of urging the opposition to turn to the courts and “use whatever legal mechanisms that have been created via our wonderful constitution to express their dissatisfaction.”

Law Society of Kenya president Isaac Okera condemned his remarks as “wholly inappropriate” and “ominous”.

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