President Uhuru Kenyatta has called on the opposition to quit anti IEBC protests in seeking for the electoral commission to be dissolved and for a new one to be formed ahead of general elections next year.
He urged the coalition to follow the law if it really wants the commission to be shelved. A government statement posted on Facebook about the IEBC protests quotes him as saying.
“The Law is clear on disbanding the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC). Opposition party needs to follow the law if it genuinely wanted to reform the country electoral body, I have no powers to disband IEBC.”
He also reminded the opposition that the Constitution –which they also participated in coining – clearly states how IEBC can be disbanded, pointing out that demonstrations and infringing the law will not help in any way.
We cannot agree to do that which is against the law and our Constitution just to please a few individuals.” IEBC protests are not in line with the constitution.
Speaking at Elwak, Wargadud and Rhamu towns in Mandera county after launching development projects at the start of his three-day visit to the North Eastern region, the president further said he took an oath to defend the constitution and that he is going to do just that.
On remaining united as a country, President Kenyatta stressed his determination to unite the country via the creation of Jubilee party. Also, during the visit, Deputy President William Ruto lashed at the persistent IEBC protests, saying the Jubilee Government was ready to hold constructive discussions on any issues affecting the nation, but it will not be a party to any illegal means.
The Deputy President stressed further that there are more civilized and reasonable ways of solving the issues concerning the IEBC rather than engaging in agitation and destruction of property to gain fame.
According to the Deputy President:
“There are legal, constitutional and progressive ways of addressing issues without violence and shedding blood through demonstration.”
Opposition leader Raila Odinga, who is expected to run against Mr Kenyatta in the elections, had vowed that there would be no elections unless their demands over the electoral commission were met. In other news, several rights groups recently accused Kenya’s security forces of using “gruesome violence” on Monday to put down an opposition protest in the capital, Nairobi