Supreme Court was 'loser' in Kenya election, forum told

Chief Justice Willy Mutunga (centre) hands a copy of the judgment on the presidential election petition to an official at the Supreme Court in Nairobi April 16, 2013. Kenyan activist Maina Kiai and US scholar Prof. Joel Barkan said the Court was loser in the March 4 election. Photo/ STEPHEN MUDIARI

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  • The court made a political decision” in its ruling that a runoff was not required, Prof Barkan said. Calling its unanimous opinion “very shallow,” Prof Barkan said “the court itself was the big loser” and had “essentially undermined its own authority, going forward.”
  • There is “no way we can change the fact that Uhuru Kenyatta is president of Kenya,” Mr Kiai said.

NEW YORK - The election decision rendered by the Supreme Court is damaging to its credibility, a Kenyan activist and a US scholar declared at a forum held in Washington on Tuesday.

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