I was Angered By The Supreme Court Ruling -Uhuru
President Uhuru Kenyatta defended reasons for his recent emotions to Kisii leaders explaining that the Supreme Court ruling tha nullified his August 8 election victory prompted to his angry reaction. See Also:Supreme Court Judges,Opposition skip Uhuru’s Parliament Address
During a meeting with a delegation of more than 15,000 members from Kisii and Nyamira Counties at State House Nakuru on Wednesday,the President said he disagreed with the Supreme Court ruling that nullified his election, but that does not mean he has a problem with the whole Abagusii community.
“I have no problem with Abagusii, I have a problem with the old man (Chief Justice David Maraga) and the decision delivered by his court,” he said. Related Story:“Supreme Court Should Have Ordered Vote Recount” Says President Uhuru Kenyatta
Keen to push back hatred rallies by Opposition leader Raila Odinga after the ruling that his criticism of Chief Justice David Maraga was an attack to his community,Uhuru said he was human and reacted as anyone would when something treasured is taken away from them.
“ I am hurt and angry, did he expect me to be happy and laughing. I have to defend myself.. I have to say the truth because I am human otherwise I will be pretending. How would you feel if your victory is taken away from you,” he posed.Related Story:IEBC, Uhuru, Raila answer Kenya Supreme Court on election judgement
Kenyatta’s meeting was a bid to quell a political backflash from a region where he had made significant gains in the August 8 presidential vote at the expense of his opponent,Raila who has sought to turn the tide against him ahhad of the October 17 vote repeat.
The President thanked the community for voting for Jubilee in the August 8 elections and said he will soon campaign in Kisii and Nyamira. He urged the community to vote for him again on October 17. Also Read:Kuria,Muthama Arrested Over Hate Speech
Mr Ruto accused Mr Odinga of engaging in divisive and tribal politics saying Jubilee has no problem with CJ Maraga but only disagreed with the court’s ruling.
“What case do we have with Maraga? Did we take Kisiis to court? We don’t have a problem with Kisiis. The only thing we said is we had an issue with the judgment. Raila is spreading propaganda that Jubilee is fighting Kisiis,” said the Deputy President.See Also:No fresh Elections on Oct 17, 2017, NASA leader Raila Odinga Declares
Earlier, elected leaders and politicians from the Gusii community present at the meeting promised to campaign for President Kenyatta in the repeat presidential elections. Some of the leaders who addressed the meeting include Nakuru Governor Lee Kinyanjui, who urged the community to vote for President Kenyatta.
Nakuru Town West MP Samuel Arama assured President Kenyatta that the community will back his re-election in the October 17 elections. Former Constitution of Implementation Commission Chairman Charles Nyachae said the community has opportunity to double the number of votes they gave President Kenyatta in the August 8 General Election. See Also:Nasa demands for IEBC ahead of fresh elections
The Chairman of People Democratic Party Omingo Magara said his party had made a decision to support the President and urged the community to follow suit. Kitutu Chache North MP Jimmy Angwenyi asked the President to appoint more members from the community in his government, assuring him of their support in the repeat elections.
Nominated Senator Millicent Omanga assured the President that she will marshal Kisii women vote for him in the repeat poll.
The President and his deputy have questioned the reasoning of the nullification of their win and threatened to “deal with” the Judiciary should they be re-elected.
There have been protests in part of Kisii and Nyamira counties to defend the CJ.