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.
— Kifefe Kizza-Besigye (@kizzabesigye1) September 1, 2017
Besigye has made two failed attempts to overturn election results.
Celebrated journalists Alan Kasujja and Charles Onyango Obbo were also stunned.
It isn’t an understatement to say that #Kenya‘s Supreme Court has taught other African courts a lesson.
— Alan Kasujja (@kasujja) September 1, 2017
“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.
— SarahBiryomumaisho? (@BiryomumaishoB) September 1, 2017
What happens to the congratulatory messages sent to @UKenyatta? They poured in from allover the world.?
— Ramathan Ggoobi (@rggoobi) September 1, 2017
Shame on these election observers. Looks like John Kerry, Thabo Mbeki & Bob Godec were sheepishly declaring the election to be free & fair.
— Abdu Dilshan Wasike (@WasikeAbdu) September 1, 2017
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.
Now that Kenya is set to repeat the election, surely the IBEC which failed to properly conduct & manage the election should not be in charge
— NICHOLAS SENGOBA (@nsengoba) September 1, 2017
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.”