Ardent Uhuru supporter taken ill after Supreme Court ruling

A Nyeri businessman who claims to have spent more than Sh13 million to campaign for President Uhuru Kenyatta’s reelection says he will not relent until the incumbent wins the repeat election ordered by the Supreme Court. Ephantus Thuku told the media that he fainted in his car while driving to Mombasa when he heard the Supreme Court verdict that nullified the presidential election in which Uhuru had won. Thuku was treated for high blood pressure and discharged. Commonly referred to as Adonai, the businessman has been instrumental in Uhuru’s campaigns in the Mount Kenya region. Addressing the media at the Pandya Hospital, the founder of the Adonai Group vowed to mobilise resources to campaign for the President in the election which must be held within 60 days of the court ruling. Thuku said he was travelling to Mombasa on a business mission when the incident occured. “After the Supreme Court ruling, I suffered shock and was hospitalised. We did not expect the court to pull such a surprise,” he said. According to Martin Mbae Kithinji, a nurse at the hospital, the businessman was booked on Friday after suffering shock. “We received him on Friday when he was unconscious. His blood pressure was high but we managed to stabilise it,” said Mbae. Thuku, who called for peace, said he was confident Jubilee would still win the repeat election. “This is the time Kenyans need to unite and pray for a peaceful nation. We are optimistic that Jubilee will still triumph,”he said. The Supreme Court last Friday annulled the result of last month’s presidential election, citing irregularities and illegalities.

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