KENYA OCT 26 RE-RUN: PRESIDENT LEADS NATION IN PRAYERS, CALLS FOR PEACE

NAIROBI, President Uhuru Kenyatta urged Kenyans to uphold peace before, during and after Oct 26 as he asked them to turn out in large numbers to exercise their democratic right during the fresh presidential election on Thursday.

Speaking at Afraha Stadium in Nakuru County when he led the country in national prayers, President Kenyatta called on Kenyans not to allow politicians to incite them to fight.

Even as I urge all Kenyans to come out and vote, those who will vote and those who will not must remember that after October 26 they will still be neighbours and they must continue to live together harmoniously, President Kenyatta said.

He added: If all Kenyans embrace peace, Kenya will emerge a stronger nation after October 26.

President Kenyatta called on Kenyans to pray for the country after consultations with religious leaders last week, culminating in the national day of prayer held Sunday across the nation.

Meanwhile, addressing a huge campaign rally at Kitengela in Kajiado County, Kenyatta affirmed that the Oct 26 fresh election will take place as required by the Constitution, saying opposition leader Raila Odinga cannot continue to hold the country in suspense.

Kenyatta said Kenya is not about an individual but about 45 million Kenyans.

The President, who was accompanied by Deputy President William Ruto, asked Odinga to stop putting Kenya on an endless electioneering mode, saying Kenyans need to finish with the election and get back to building the nation.

He urged Kenyans to turn out in large numbers and exercise their democratic right by voting on Oct 26 without fear, assuring that the security of every citizen is guaranteed.

On the other hand, opposition National Super Alliance leaders called on the under-pressure IEBC Chairman Wafula Chebukati to call off the fresh presidential poll slated for Thursday.

NASA leaders who took their campaigns to Trans Nzoia maintain IEBC as currently constituted cannot be trusted with carrying out a free, fair and credible poll.

They say the last minute decision by IEBC Chief Executive Officer Ezra Chiloba to take a one month’s leave is inconsequential.

NASA leaders led by flag bearer Raila Odinga, now asking Chebukati to cancel the exercise maintaining he will not participate.

Raila insists there will be no election on Thursday unless IEBC is restructured.

NASA will hold peaceful anti-IEBC demonstrations across the Country from Tuesday culminating in the boycott of the repeat poll on Thursday.

In other development, the first batch of ballot papers for the Thursday’s fresh Presidential election arrived in the Country Sunday night amid uncertainty at the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission.

The ballot papers will be dispatched to 10 far flunked Counties among them Tana river, Marsabit , Wajir, Lamu, Garissa, Isiolo, Samburu, Laikipia and the Diaspora.

The second batch of ballot papers for 20 counties is expected to arrive in the Country on Monday morning with the last batch expected later on Tuesday.

The fresh ballot papers are grey in color with the serialization beginning from 30 million to 50 million bearing fresh presidential election imprints as well as enhanced security features to make it difficult for duplication.

The ballot papers bear the names of the 8 candidates who participated in the Aug 8 election as precautionary measure to avoid one going to court to challenge his exclusion.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK