KENYAN PRESIDENT SAYS WILL NOT NEGOTIATE WITH OPPOSITION ON OCT 26 PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION

SABOTI, KENYA, Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta says he will not negotiate with the opposition National Super Alliance (NASA) regarding its demands for the holding of the court-mandated fresh presidential election on Oct 26, saying Kenyans should be allowed to vote in peace on that day.

Speaking on the campaign trail at Saboti in Trans Nzoia County on Wednesday, the president warned the opposition against intimidating the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC). There will be no sitting in boardrooms to negotiate and share government. It is Kenyans who have the right to decide who will be president, President Kenyatta stressed.

The President said those who do not want to participate in the Oct 26 fresh election are free to do so but they should not curtail the rights of those who want to vote on that day.

The president thanked the residents for voting for him during the general election held on Aug 8 and urged them to turn out in large numbers to exercise their democratic right in the Oct 26 fresh election to ensure they secure a firm position in the government, while emphasising that the ruling Jubilee Party stands for peace, unity and national progress.

President Kenyatta, who was accompanied by Deputy President William Ruto, also spoke on Jubilee’s development agenda for Trans Nzoia County.

Meanwhile, NASA on Wednesday demanded the immediate resignation of IEBC Chairperson Wafula Chebukati saying the resignation of IEBC Commissioner Roselyn Akombe showed the electoral body lacked the credibility to conduct a free and fair election. The opposition coalition says they will not participate in any poll conducted by the commission as currently constituted.

Hours after Akombe quit her post as an IEBC commissioner, citing political interference in the commission, NASA leaders joined their supporters for a major rally at Kamukunji Grounds in Nairobi where they hailed Akombe’s decision to quit calling her a patriot, and demanded the immediate resignation of Chebukati as well as the other commissioners.

NASA presidential candidate Raila Odinga claims the Commission is being manipulated by the government and cannot be trusted to deliver a credible election.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK