Uganda Reacts to Historic Kenya Supreme Court Ruling

Ugandans reacted with shock and bewilderment to the Kenyan Supreme Court ruling, which nullified the just concluded Presidential Election results.

Four out of seven judges led by Chief Justice David Maraga  upheld the election petition filed by main opposition figure Raila Odinga, sparking wild celebrations by his supporters in the capital Nairobi.

To most Ugandans, as some took to social media to react, the ruling was extraordinary. It is the first of its kind in Africa.

Forum for Democratic Change’s Col Dr Kizza Besigye termed the ruling as “momentous” in a tweet.


Besigye has made two failed attempts to overturn election results.


Celebrated  journalists Alan Kasujja and Charles Onyango Obbo were also stunned.


“This country Kenya! In an Africa first, Supreme Court nullifies Aug. 8 #KenyaDecides presidential elections!!!”

— Charles Onyango-Obbo (@cobbo3) September 1, 2017

Others thought the congratulatory messages to Uhuru Kenyatta were rather too hurried.





Some Ugandans think Kenya’s electoral body, the IEBC, should not be allowed to hold the next election which should be in the next 60 days.


On Facebook, some Ugandans expressed optimism with the the precedent now set by Kenya.

One Emmy wrote, “I Am happy for Kenyans. But i also believe this is going to inspire our own supreme court in Uganda come 2021”

Another Julius Kabagambe said, “If all courts of law were like that Africa would be a good place to stay in and when it comes to Uganda very poor.”


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