Kisumu High Court on Monday ruled in favor of the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) dismissing a petition to have the commission announce the presidential election results within seven hours.
Justice David Majanja ruled that the Constitution gives a clear time frame when the presidential results should be announced. He further noted that the court had no power to give IEBC directives as it is an independent body.
The judge says the court found no basis that the fundamental rights and freedoms of the three, Titus Alila, Jackline Otieno and Francis Ogada, petitioners had been violated.
The three, through their Lawyer Ken Amondi, wanted the court to give clear guidance on the duration between the closure of voting and when the presidential results should be declared.
They will not petition the High Court ruling.
To many Kenyans, the August 8th voting day is just a normal day. You wake up, vote and go home to wait for results.
But for one old Kenyan, August 8th is a life and death event. The old man turns hysterical when thoughts of losing cross his mind.
That is where all the troubles of Kenya begin. Simple.
As I showed yesterday- Raila cannot afford to live outside POWER. The ten months he was in the cold after losing between April 2013 and January 2014- Raila’s businesses nearly collapsed. The Molasses Firm could not pay salaries. The Gas Cylinder manufacturing concern ground to a halt.
Clearly, Raila’s personal businesses are not run on sound business principles- but survive on network of corrupt networks, extortion and rent seeking activities. That is why in the period April 2013 and January 2014 when Counties were still being set up, Raila faced extremely turbulent times. But the moment Counties like Nairobi, Siaya, Homa Bay, Mombasa started getting cash and making paying payments……. suddenly Raila’s financial woes ended.
Based on all common sense, historical turnout trends and solid voter numbers- there is no way Raila can win. But since losing the elections will mean total financial obliteration – Raila will do anything to remain relevant.
Recognizing the real threat that leaving power, by an individual, held to stability of a nation African Billionaire Mohamed Ibrahim started the Mo Ibrahim Prize in 2007. This is a 5 million Dollar Prize to any President that willfully leaves power, and allows stability in his country.
Mo Ibrahim should have introduced another Prize for OPPOSITION leaders like Raila that REFUSE to willfully accept that time is up.
A desperate leader like Raila can do anything, including burning his own country, just to remain relevant. That is why to him, an election is a life and death activity.
Maybe, it is time the Business Community look for a fund like that of mo Ibrahim, and give it to Raila – so that he does not run broke, and send his followers on the street.
It is time, the investors in this country decided to talk to Raila, and ask him “Una taka ngapi ndiyo uende Retire kwa amani?” Since the bottom-line, just like Mo Ibrahim discovered, is Cash.