The ultimate exodus to the “promised land” “Canaan” by the supporters of the National Super Alliance (NASA) officially came to an end on 11th of August of 2017 after the announcement of Uhuru Kenyatta as the President-elect of the Republic of Kenya.
Kenyans went to the polls on 8th of August 2017 to elect the President, Governor, Senator, Member of National Assembly, Woman Member of Assembly and a Member of County Assembly in a process that has been marred with economic standstill, fear and uncertainties.
In a hotly contested presidential race, President-elect Uhuru Kenyatta scooped a total of 8,203,290 votes (54.27 percent) while the NASA presidential candidate Raila Odinga got 6,762,224 votes (44.74 percent) according to figures released by the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC).
The NASA camp already dismissed the results calling the whole process as a fraud aimed at robbing Kenyans of their democratic right. They claimed that the electronic system relaying the results had been hacked by the “Jubilee administration” and that the results that were being displayed to Kenyans were not genuine.
According to the provisions in the Kenyan Constitution, Article 140, NASA has up to seven days to present a petition before the Supreme Court challenging the presidential results. The Supreme Court will then have 14 days to listen to the submissions from the aggrieved parties before giving a ruling which will be final. NASA, however, has ruled out going to court. “Going to court is not an option for us. We have been there before,” said James Orengo, the Senator-elect for Siaya County.
If no petition would be presented to challenge the presidential results, the President-elect will be sworn in on the first Tuesday after the seven days of result declaration.
Well, apparently, the journey to Canaan has come to an end. Let us get back to work. It seems the “wall of Jericho” became hard to penetrate.