Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta today said the will of millions of Kenyans, expressed by a huge majority in August 8th elections, will not be subverted by the Supreme Court.
President Kenyatta, accompanied by Deputy President William Ruto on a tour of Nairobi, called on Kenyans to maintain peace in the aftermath of a Supreme Court decision that annulled the election without giving details of its ruling.
“I believe the will and the choice of Kenyans will prevail. They will prove the ruling of the four judges wrong,” said President Kenyatta in reference to the split 4-2 Supreme Court ruling.
The President spoke when he addressed people at Burma Market, Jua Kali and Muthurwa in Nairobi on his first meet-the-people-tour ahead of hitting the campaign trail once again.
President Kenyatta said there was no need for Kenyans to fight with each other over the election, saying they should continue with their daily activities peaceful even as the country prepares for another round of presidential election.
“I urge every Kenyan, shake hands with your neighbours and tell them that it does not matter what tribe they belong to, their political affiliation, religion or colour, we are all Kenyans and what is important is peace,” said the President.
The President said despite his misgivings, he will abide by the Supreme Court’s ruling, which directed the electoral agency IEBC to hold fresh elections within 60 days.
President Kenyatta thanked Kenyans for voting overwhelming for the Jubilee Party and urged them to uphold peace as the country prepares to go for a second round of presidential election.
He said the Court’s ruling has given him a chance to continue serving Kenyans as a sitting President and not as a President-elect. Top on his agenda is working with Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko to transform the city county.
“Be prepared to see rehabilitation of Burma Market, cleaning up of the city and improvement of roads. And we will start this work in the Eastlands area where a majority of the residents live,” President Kenyatta said.
Deputy President Ruto said Kenyans are ready to endorse their choice and called on the IEBC to set a date for Round Two of the Presidential election, saying this time Jubilee will win with over 70 per cent.
The Deputy President said Jubilee is ready for a fresh election and Kenyans will get a chance to express their sovereign will to shame those who refused to concede defeat.
“On 8 August we defeated our competitors, Kenyans voted for a majority of Jubilee candidates in the position of governors, senators, women representatives and members of county assembly. We are now telling the IEBC to put up a new timetable for election and we will again win with majority, this time round not with 54 per cent but with over 70 per cent,” said the Deputy President.
The President and Deputy President were accompanied by a host of Jubilee leaders including Governors Mike Mbuvi Sonko (Nairobi), Samuel Ole Tunai (Narok) and Moses Lenolkulal (Samburu), National Assembly Majority Leader Aden Duale and Senate Majority Leader Kipchumba Murkomen.