Kenya’s ruling party Jubilee has insisted that the October 26th poll will go ahead as scheduled despite the country’s main opposition leader Raila Odinga’s move to withdraw from the presidential race.
Raila attributed the decision to withdraw from the race on the failure of the country’s independent electoral commission (IEBC) to address their demands that they had laid down as a condition to their participation in the highly anticipated poll.
Speaking at a public rally in Voi, Taita Taveta county President Kenyatta who was accompanied by his deputy William Ruto and other leaders, said that they will honor the Supreme Court’s ruling to hold fresh elections after 60 days after the court invalidated the results of the August presidential elections whether Raila participates or not .
“I understand that Raila has withdrawn from the elections, he has caused so much tension in the country. We have set aside over 12 billion shillings for the repeat elections which the money could instead be of used in building roads, hospitals and other projects. Now, he doesn’t want to participate. Is there justice in Raila’s move?” he asked amid cheers from his supporters.
Kenyatta has expressed confidence that he will still win in the repeat October 26th polls.
According to official figures released by the country’s independent electoral commission (IEBC), Kenyatta had secured 54.27 percent of the ballots cast on August 8th while his main rival Raila Odinga, won 44.74 percent before the Supreme court nullified Uhuru’s win.