Kenya’s top court OKs Kenyatta win

AFP-JIJI

Kenya’s Supreme Court on Saturday upheld Uhuru Kenyatta’s presidential election victory, throwing out a petition over irregularities brought by his rival, Raila Odinga, who conceded defeat for the sake of national unity.

Clashes immediately erupted between youths and the police in Kisumu, the biggest town in Odinga’s western region stronghold, leaving at least two people with gunshot wounds.

The six judges of Kenya’s top court dashed Odinga’s last hopes of victory by unanimously ruling that the March 4 election had been fair and credible, and that Kenyatta and his running mate had been “validly elected.”

The ruling paves the way for Kenyatta, the son of Kenya’s first president and one of Africa’s richest men, to be sworn in as head of state on April 9.