On Friday August 1 at around noon, Nyamira County residents instantaneously poured into the streets to celebrate the Supreme Court’s landmark ruling that nullified President Uhuru Kenyatta’s election win after the August 8 General Election.
But their celebration was short lived as soon after they had to take to the streets again to protest the President’s sustained attack on the Supreme Court President David Maraga who comes from the county.
While the President initially made a statement from State House Nairobi saying he respected the Supreme Court’s ruling although he did not agree with it.
Moments later, mobbed by his supporters at Burma Market in Nairobi, he called the Supreme Court judges ‘wakora’ (Kiswahili for crooks) for nullifying his election. He threatened to ‘deal with them’ once he is re-elected after the repeat elections to be held within 60 days.
This line of attack continued as he met supporters in Narok and Nakuru the following day, Saturday.
At one point Deputy President William Ruto said, “Maraga has had his day, he has done his game, our day is coming.”
President Kenyatta said, “We will show you in 60 days that the will of the people can’t be overturned by one or two people.”