No Dialogue With Raila,The Ballot Will Tell It All-UhuRuto
President Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy William Ruto have insisted there will be no dialogue with NASA flag bearer Raila Odinga on the elections state.Read Also:Three Killed,Two Sustain Wounds As Police Battle anti-IEBC Demonstrators in Nyanza
Speaking in Nyahururu on Sunday where he sought votes from the residents,the head of state said the common mwananchi has the powers to choose a leader for the country and not through talks held by foreigners.
“We accepted to have a repeat poll despite the fact that we won. We will not be pushed to sit and talk with someone whose main need is to just clinch power,” Uhuru said.Related Content:Possible Scenarios After Raila Withdraws From Presidential Race
He condemned the Opposition leader “for rejecting the will of the people and being driven by the desire to take power through the back door”.
The President said Raila is seeking help abroad instead of accepting the people’s wish.
“Kenya does not have any problem because all problems are caused by one man called Raila Amollo Odinga,” he told Jubilee Party supporters.Read Also:President Uhuru Approves Repeat Poll Budget
“You cannot lead demonstrations where property is destroyed, people attacked and police stations stoned and then start crying foul. We will take action against any such behavior.”
Earlier today, leaders under the Mt Kenya caucus asked the two politicians to hold talks to ease tension before the repeat vote on October 26.
They said on Sunday that dialogue will address the escalating legislative, judicial and public protests surrounding IEBC’s handling of the fresh presidential election.Related Story:All Eight Presidential Candidates Will Be On The Ballot-IEBC
Deputy president William Ruto reiterated there will be no talks for NASA and Jubilee to share power as was the case in 2007 when Raila disputed the election of Mwai Kibaki.
Ruto called on acting Interior CS Fred Matiangi to ensure peace for all Kenyans amid demonstrations by Opposition supporters.
“We are calling on Matiang’i to ensure nobody is hurt or property destroyed by protesters in any part of the country. Anyone found culpable must face the wrath of the law.”
Raila flew to the UK after he and his running mate Kalonzo Musyoka announced their withdrawal from the election.Read Also:Police,NASA supporters Clash Over Anti-IEBC Demos Ban
He met leaders including Minister for Africa Rory Stewart who raised concerns about the rush to amend election laws just few days to the repeat. Stewart also said it is regrettable that the NASA chief withdrew from the race.
Earlier today, the DP said the government will not permit instability disguised as demonstrations with the aim of pushing a political agenda. Also Read:Mating’i Bans Anti-IEBC Demos In Three City Centres
Ruto said the country will hold elections on October 26 as stipulated in the constitution and dismissed the Opposition threat for a boycott.
“If it were up to us we would have sworn-in the President because he won the election. If it were up to our competitors we would have formed a coalition government,” he said
“But we have to respect the constitution. The constitution stipulates that if elections are nullified we have to hold fresh elections in 60 days.”High Court Orders Ekuru Aukot To Participate in Repeat Poll