US-based Kenyan scholar Professor Makau Mutua has reacted to Monday's Supreme Court decision that upheld President Uhuru Kenyatta’s re-election in the October 26th repeat presidential election.
Mutua, a fierce critic of President Uhuru Kenyatta and the Jubilee administration has in the past refused to recognize Uhuru as President of Kenya, and it seems his position has not changed.
“I don’t recognise Uhuru Kenyatta as president. I can’t and I won’t," he said in the past.
In a tweet on Monday after Supreme Court upheld President Uhuru's reelection, the New York-based lawyer said that the ruling does not legitimize Uhuru's Presidency.
“Legality isn’t legitimacy,” Mutua said via twitter.
Mutual joins longtime advisor of National Super Alliance (NASA) leader Raila Odinga's advisor Salim Lone, who in a statement on Monday on behalf of Raila said that the verdict by the apex court does not change the opposition's stand on President Uhuru's legitimacy.
“We in NASA had repeatedly declared before this Supreme Court ruling today that we consider this government to be illegitimate and do not recognize it,” Raila said through his adviser Salim Lone in a statement.
"As such, the court’s decision today could not possibly legitimise an illegitimate government whose president had publicly accused the court of having carried out a 'coup' by annulling his election and threatened to 'fix' the justices once he was back in power," Lone added.