PHOTOS: Reactions after Supreme Court upholds Uhuru’s win

PHOTOS: Reactions after Supreme Court upholds Uhuru’s win

The decision by the Supreme Court to uphold President Uhuru Kenyatta’s re-election in the October 26 polls was met with mixed reactions across the country and on social media.

Jubilee supporters took to the streets to celebrate the unanimous decision that now paves the way for President Kenyatta to be sworn in for a second term.

Hundreds of Nyeri residents thronged the streets as they burst into ululations, songs and dances to celebrate the dismissal of the petitions that were seeking to nullify Kenyatta’s re-election.

                                                                  Residents celebrate in Nyeri town.

In Eldoret, Deputy President William Ruto’s backyard, a mammoth crowd took to the streets in praise of the eagerly awaited decision by the Chief Justice David Maraga-led court.

                                                                     Eldoret celebrates.

Things were different in Kisumu town , an opposition stronghold). A group of disgruntled residents burnt down a vehicle in protest of the court’s verdict.

Kenyans On Twitter

On social media, the Supreme Court verdict was met with divided opinion with majority of reactions coming from Jubilee supporters who could not restrain their joy after the court cleared the way for Kenyatta’s swearing-in.

Deputy President William Ruto could not hide his jubilation.

— William Samoei Ruto (@william_ruto_) November 20, 2017

Various political leaders and social media users took to social media to congratulate Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy William Ruto following the court verdict.

H.E MIKE MBUVI SONKO, EGH
GOVERNOR

— Mike Sonko (@MikeSonko) November 20, 2017

— Ababu Namwamba, EGH (@AbabuNamwamba) November 20, 2017

— Kabando Wa Kabando (@Wakabando) November 20, 2017

For others, they acknowledged the Supreme Court verdict but pointed out that the overriding priority should be unity in the country.

— Martha Karua (@MarthaKarua) November 20, 2017

— Prof J. Ole Kiyiapi (@JamesOleKiyiapi) November 20, 2017

— Donald B Kipkorir (@DonaldBKipkorir) November 20, 2017

— Daudi Muya (@DaudiMuya1) November 20, 2017

— ΣT✺✺ (@Etoo254) November 20, 2017

 

Others saw the Supreme Court judgement as a lesson to both the IEBC and politicians.

The second SCOK ruling has taught politicians that they can't sabotage an election to invalidate it.#SupremeJudgment

— DANIEL ONGERA NYAIRO (@OngeraNyairo) November 20, 2017

Amid the reactions, former Chief Justice Willy Mutunga had a message for the youth; “Why should you be dragged to another hell when you are already in the hell of unemployment, poverty, lack of quality education, health, housing etc…all cutting across your ethnic, religious and regional divide?”

— Dr Willy M Mutunga (@WMutunga) November 20, 2017