Technology must never overshadow marked ballots – Uhuru

Says nothing should come in the way of the sovereign of the people

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President Uhuru Kenyatta. PHOTO: DAILYMONITOR

Yesterday, President Uhuru Kenyatta opened the 12th Parliament where he warned against divisive politics, in an event that was snubbed by Opposition MPs who termed it ‘illegitimate’.

Almost all National Super Alliance legislators joined their leader Raila Odinga in Kibra for a rally where they demanded the resignation of IEBC officials otherwise there would be no fresh election come October 17.

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President Uhuru Kenyatta with Igembe South MP John Paul Mwirigi when the former opened Parliament on September 12, 2017. PHOTO: PSCU

Raila said in his address that if those who mismanaged the August 8 polls are not removed, the Opposition and its supporters will storm Anniversary Towers and physically eject them out of office.

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Uhuru who is on record abusing the Supreme Court after it nullified his win in the General Election, appeared calm before Parliament yesterday although he reiterated that he still strongly disagrees the Supreme Court.

The President said the will of the voters should not be invalidated by technicalities.

“It must be understood that the marked ballot represents more than technology, more than computer systems, or even where it was printed. The mark is the choice of a sovereign people. Their choice is sacred and must never be frustrated or ignored,” Kenyatta noted.

Tuesday was the first time the Chief Justice was absent from the opening of Parliament in what pundits say it signifies that he disagreed Kenyatta whose reelection he nullified, could legally convene the legislature.

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While calling for unity and respect for the Constitution, Kenyatta issued a subtle warning to the opposition lawmakers who were absent.

“My government will not tolerate anyone intent on disrupting our hard-won peace and stability. Under no circumstances must Kenyans ever allow our free competitive processes to become a threat to the peace and security of our nation,” Uhuru said amid cheers from the MPs present.

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Kenyatta told Parliament that no arm of the government should frustrate the sovereign will of Kenyans, referring to his apparent numerical victory.

He warned the distractors that his government will punish politicians who incite Kenyans.

He said there is no void in the Office of the President as the Executive, Legislature and Judiciary were working even as the Opposition calls him a lame duck.

“I would like to make it abundantly clear the government will not tolerate anyone intent on disrupting our hard-won peace and stability.” He insisted.