KENYAN ELECTORAL BODY’S CHAIRMAN WELCOMES COURT RULING UPHOLDING RESULTS OF PRESIDENTIAL POLL

MOMBASA, The Chairman of kenya’s Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC), on Wafula Chebukati, has welcomed Monday’s Supreme Court unanimous ruling validating President Uhuru Kenyatta’s victory in the Oct 26 repeat presidential polls.

Stating this during the 6th annual National Monitoring and Evaluation Conference being held in Mombasa County this week,

Chebukati said the IEBC was awaiting the detailed judgment in order to chart the way forward for the electoral body.

The IEBC Chairman also opposed calls to have the IEBC commissioners removed from office, maintaining that they will only do so within Constitutional provisions.

Cabinet Secretary (Minister) for Devolution Mwangi Kiunjuri echoed these sentiments, arguing that the government would not entertain those out to sabotage economic gains and called instead for an end to political tensions.

The national government is seeking to move the country’s annual economic growth trajectory to 10 per cent annually by implementing the third Medium-Term Plan.

During the 2015/2016 fiscal year, over 800,000 new job opportunities were created, 1m253,196 new households were connected to the national electricity grid while the annual GDP growth rate was maintained at 5.8 per cent, Kiunjuri said.

The number of people using the Internet had gone up to 54.2 per cent thanks to a 1,800-kilometre stretch of fibre optic cables being installed across the country. Land disputes are also decreasing following the issuance of 349,567 title deeds and digitalization of 13 land registries countrywide, he noted.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK