The Supreme Court is expected to make a ruling on the petition challenging the re-election of Machakos Governor Dr Alfred Mutua by CORD’s/ODM’s Wavinya Ndeti.
After more than a year of in and out of Court, Chief Justice David Maraga’s team is expected to put their foot down on whether Machakos accepts and moves on or calls for a new by-election.
The difference between when the petition first started and now is the handshake. Machakos had overwhelmingly voted for both Raila Odinga and Wavinya Ndeti.
During the heated debate right after the elections and when Raila’s team was gathering evidence to submit to the Supreme Court, it was largely alluded that the same formula used to rig in Uhuru creating a constant 54% margin in the tally of votes was used to help other Jubilee allied politicians to win the polls.
Among them was Alfred Mutua.
It is on the premise of the same evidence that the Supreme Court faulted the IEBC in the first petition that was ruled in favor of Raila Odinga calling for a repeat presidential elections.
It is true that the Handshake has changed the political landscape of Kenya and we can only assume that the implications there off would resonate through the Courts and the larger political playfield.
Should the Supreme Court rule against Wavinya Ndeti and declare that Mutua was validly elected, it would bring to question how the evidence has changed over the hearing of the first presidential petition.
But should the Supreme Court order a new Gubernatorial election, it would be expected that Uhuru Kenyatta would impress upon Mutua to give up.
It would also be interesting to see whether the handshake would affect the campaigns for the new elections. Considering Raila Odinga would be expected to campaign for Wavinya Ndeti, will the new brotherhood also bring Uhuru to endorse Ndeti?
At the end, the Handshake deal promises Raila Odinga Uhuru’s political support why by extension would imply the duo are working from one vantage point – or one party.