Kenya, Nairobi-President, Uhuru Kenyatta has reiterated his stand not to enter into any negotiations with his rival, Raila Odinga until the elections are complete. According to Uhuru, he can’t enter into negotiations that will undermine the power of Kenyans to elect their leaders.
He was responding to a question during an interview on Radio Jambo on Monday night following the conclusion of his re-election campaigns in Kenya’s capital, Nairobi. During the interview, the program host asked President Uhuru why he isn’t considering round table talks with Odinga to end the stalemate over the presidential polls as proposed by some people.
“I don’t have a problem with that, but it is important for Kenyans to remember that when our fore fathers were fighting for the independence of this nation, they were fighting for that independence to enjoy the right to elect their leaders,” he said.
Adding that, “And that is my stand. I can’t move from that position even an inch. I have no problem speaking to Raila. He is my elder brother. But we can’t talk of how we can deny Kenyans their right to elect their leader. Thereafter whoever is elected will decide who to talk to and what to talk about.”
He said the proposed talks can’t substitute the important partner-the voter in the leadership agenda. “We must create certainty. Court ruled that fresh elections must be held within 60 days. The same court said the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission-IEBC conduct fresh elections. Despite the fact that I disagreed with the ruling, we accepted to go back to the polls,” he said.
When asked on those who have vowed not to vote, Uhuru said it was their constitutional right no to if they so wish. “It is their right not to vote. However, they shouldn’t stop those who want to vote,” he said.
On Monday, Raila held a rally in Kiisi town and asked his supporters to boycott the repeat polls on October 26th. “We are staying the course and will stop at nothing less than a credible election. We urge those aiming to suppress our cause to acknowledge that as it’s currently constituted, the IEBC is incapable of delivering a credible poll,” he said.
Adding that, “The promises we’ve made to the Kenyan people remain binding and we intend to deliver on each one. There must be electoral reforms to enable this nation to move forward.
There shall be no election on Thursday!.”