Kenya Supreme Court upholds Kenyatta election victory

  • Kenya's Supreme Court has upheld Uhuru Kenyatta's presidential election victory after dismissing several petitions challenging the result.

    Chief Justice Willy Mutunga announced the decision on Saturday, adding it was unanimous and that the poll was free and fair.

    Main opponent Prime Minister Raila Odinga, who filed the appeal, said he would respect the verdict.

    According to official results, Kenyatta beat Odinga by 50.07 percent to 43.28 percent, avoiding a run-off by just 8,100 votes.

    The presidential, legislative and municipal elections were held on March 4 and were the first to be held since the disputed poll of 2007, which left more than 1,200 dead.

    Kenyatta and his running mate, William Ruto, are to be sworn in as president and vice-president on April 9.