It has been a trying time for the nation of Kenya, particularly for the opposition and its supporters. National elections were held on the 8th of August, and the results were not well received by Raila Odinga, the National Super Alliance (NASA) chair, and his team. The party subsequently filed a petition on the 26th of August that would see a long struggle between two teams of brilliant lawyers, one group (including: Paul Muite, Kamau Karori, Patrick Lumumba, and Isa Mansur) acting on behalf of the IEBC, and another legal team (including: Otiende Amolo, Peter Kaluma, Amos Wako, Anthony Oluoch, Moses Wetangula, Jackson Awele and James Orengo) acting on behalf of the petitioner, Raila Odinga.
Their hard work finally bore fruit as the courts, one month later, decided to nullify the results of the August election and called for fresh polls to take place in 60 days. The court cited irregularities by the electoral board as the reason for nullification. Judge David Maraga was the bearer of this news, and while his action has been termed as brave by the followers of the opposition, the IEBC and the incumbent President had different views of the situation.
In a press statement, the President revealed his disappointment in the Supreme Court, citing that he did not agree with the decision made by the courts, but that he respects it. He indicated that he is ready to face off his opponent in a run off in November. The President also called for peace and urged Kenyans to refrain from divisive politics. He then went ahead to campaign in Burma Market as the crowds continued cheering. The ruling has also restored hope in the judicial system of not only Kenya, but Africa as a whole, as electoral systems in many countries across the Continent are often marred by corruption and political pressure. Furthermore, the verdict puts to question the credibility of the international observers—including former US Secretary of State, John Kerry—who had agreed that the electoral process was fair and credible.