President-elect William Ruto shared a light moment while addressing a press after mocking Royal Media Services journalists.
The president-elect was addressing the press at his Karen residence after the Supreme Court of Kenya upheld his win in the August 9 polls.
During campaigns, Ruto and his team accused Royal Media Services of being biased when covering theirs and Azimio la Umoja campaigns.
While addressing the press, the president-elect took mocked journalists Stephen Letoo and Chemutai Goin of Citizen TV while asking how they were doing.
“Where are my good friends from Citizen TV? How is Inooro by the way? It’s good to have you around and I want to tell you that you will be treated equally,” Ruto said.
— Citizen TV Kenya (@citizentvkenya) September 5, 2022
Ruto’s win was upheld by the Supreme Court in the ruling delivered by Chief Justice Martha Koome on Monday, September 5.
Koome noted that Ruto met the constitutional threshold of 50 per cent +1 of the total valid votes cast and also garnered 25 per cent of the votes cast in at least 24 counties.
“We declare the election of the first respondent as valid. It is our finding that the declared President-elect attained 50 per cent plus one of the of the votes cast in accordance to the Constitution,” Koome noted.
The Court also addressed a number of issues including claims by the main petitioner, Raila Odinga, that the IEBC system had been infiltrated.
In the petition, Raila claimed that the system was hacked to allow for original forms 34A to be deleted and replaced with doctored forms.
However, the Supreme Court dismissed the same arguing that IEBC deployed technology in accordance with the law.
The Supreme Court also noted that the Forms 34A uploaded to the IEBC portal and those presented to the National Tallying Center were the same.
Also, the Court found that there is no evidence that the postponement of the election in Mombasa, Kakamega, Rongai, and five other areas across the country caused voter suppression.
On the verification, tallying, and declaration of results, the Supreme Court found that the IEBC conducted the same in accordance with the provided constitutional law.
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