Kenya: All eyes on Ruto as Azimio begins process to overturn win

President-elect William Ruto has continued with his day-to-day activities seemingly unperturbed by the ongoing court process that threatens his presidency.

On Monday as his main challenger Raila Odinga filed a petition at the Supreme Court to challenge his win at the August polls,  Ruto was meeting an Israeli envoy at his Karen office.

“We look forward to growing our relationship with the people of Israel and working together on key areas such as universal healthcare, agriculture and water provision. We appreciate Israel’s support in these fields,” Ruto said in a tweet.

This was happening as the Azimio la Umoja One Kenya Coalition delivered a truck full of documents to the Milimani Courts which it seeks to use as evidence to support its arguments to overturn Ruto’s win.

The Azimio legal team was led to the court precincts by Raila and his running mate Martha Karua backed by hundreds of jubilant supporters.

Others present are Wiper leader Kalonzo Musyoka, lawyer James Orengo and Edwin Sifuna, Nairobi-woman rep Esther Passaris among other politicians.

Azimio will have 24 hours to serve Ruto and other respondents in the petition who will then have four days to file their responses.

The petition will then be heard and determined by September 4, 2022.

The Star has learned that Raila’s legal team comprises more than 30 formidable legal minds, categorised in three tiers.

They are senior counsels, experienced lawyers and other advocates skilled in drafting and formulating legal arguments.

The presidential petition can only have three outcomes once the seven-judge bench delivers its judgment, 14 days from the filing of the petition.

It can dismiss the Azimio petition and uphold Ruto’s win, order a recount or nullify the election and order fresh presidential elections.

Source: The Star

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