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Supreme Court verdict was God’s work – CJ Martha Koome

Supreme Court verdict was God’s work – CJ Martha Koome

Chief Justice Martha Koome has said that Monday’s Supreme Court judgment was the “work of God”.

Speaking at a funeral in MCK Muiteria Church in Imenti North of her late aunt Salome Maingi Gakii, she attributes the judgment to God. “The verdict was for the sake of independence of institutions, especially the Judiciary. It was not due to our power as a court but because we serve a living faithful God,” Koome said. The Supreme Court dismissed all the nine grounds that it had listed for determination in the presidential petition filed by Azimio Coalition Challenging Ruto’s win.

The seven-judge bench comprised Koome, Deputy Chief Justice Philomena Mwilu, and justices Njoki Ndung’u, Isaac Lenaola, Smokin Wanjala, Mohammed Ibrahim, and William Ouko.

“The verdict was for the sake of independence of institutions, especially the Judiciary. It was not due to our power as a court but because we serve a living faithful God,” Koome said. The Supreme Court dismissed all the nine grounds that it had listed for determination in the presidential petition filed by Azimio Coalition Challenging Ruto’s win. Koome, who read the judgment on behalf of her colleagues, dismissed the petitions mainly due to lack of evidence, while also citing forgery of documents.

President-elect William Ruto also attributed his victory to God.

In a statement after the Supreme Court upheld his presidential election, Ruto said his journey to the presidency is a testament to God’s will. “With men, it is impossible, but not with God: for with God all things are possible,” he tweeted.

Reading the verdict of the Supreme Court on Monday, Koome said Ruto was validly elected as president and that he garnered 50 per cent plus one vote cast required for one to be announced the winner.

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