Wait for 2022 if not ready, Uhuru tells Raila Odinga

The President says the Opposition leaders are pushing for the postponement of the elections scheduled for August.

A crowd listens to UhuRuto in Turkana. /PSCU

President Uhuru Kenyatta has reiterated that the Opposition is jittery of the elections scheduled for August 8 and has told them they are free not to participate in polls if they so wish.

He in the same breath cautioned told the National Super Alliance (NASA) that they should not be allowed to sabotage the polls that are just less than a month away.

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President Uhuru Kenyatta when he visited Turkana on July 10, 2017. PHOTO: PSCU

The Head of State said Raila Odinga and his team should wait for 2022 if they feel they are not ready for the elections instead of using Court cases to undermine the process.

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“They should stop playing with the minds of Kenyans. If they are not ready for the polls, let them step aside and allow those who want to participate to do so instead of trying to sabotage the process. Kenyans are ready to go to the polls on August 8 and no one will deny them that right,” he said while speaking at a rally in Turkana.

Uhuru took his reelection campaigns to the Northern frontier county on Monday, July 10 where he addressed residents of Lodwar town. He had been scheduled to visit the region on Sunday but the itinerary was adjusted following the sudden death of Interior CS Joseph Nkaissery on Saturday.

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Uhuru said that if he wanted to be stubborn, he would have gone to the courts and argue that he has only served four and a half years instead of a full five-year term.

“But that does not support the spirit of the Constitution. The Opposition leaders who are pricing themselves as democrats should know that,” President Kenyatta said.

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DP William Ruto who accompanied the President, questioned why judges with relatives in the Opposition were appointed to preside over the cases against the IEBC while it was obvious they were going to be biased.

“Where is the independence of the judiciary when judges who are relatives of those who have cases with us are appointed to preside over the cases. Help us to understand what happens when appointed judges unapologetically show that they are biased?” He wondered.