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Tuesday, 05 Sep 2017 16:44 EATnewsdesk@kenyafreepress.com
President Uhuru Kenyatta made outreach to the Kisii community his main focus of campaigns today, addressing the subject at a State House meeting with Luyia leaders and at a political rally in Kajiado County.
The president fought back on widespread criticism by members of the Kisii community that his acerbic attacks on the Supreme Court and Chief Justice David Maraga for nulifying his re-election were directed at the community as a whole.
He also charged back at the Law Society of Kenya, the Kenya Judges and Magistrates Association, trade union leaders and several civil socieity organisations that have criticised his threat to 'fix' the court should he win re-election. "Don't I have the right to criticise the Judiciary?" the president posed.
He also accused opposition leader Raila Odinga, who visited Kisii region today, of taking advantage of his words against the chief justice to endear himself to the Kisii community.
“Raila is now taking advantage, inciting the Kisiis by misleading them that I'm blaming the CJ simply because he's a Kisii. I am just expressing my opinion,” said Uhuru at a campaign rally in Kiserian.
The president claimed that the Supreme Court judges should have called for a recount of the presidential votes rather than nullifying the election, claiming that Kenya's electoral dispute was similar to the one in the U.S. state of Florida in 2000 when the Supreme Court there called for a vote recount that ended giving the presidency to George W. Bush over then vice president Al Gore.
"People have seen me angry. Yes I am angry because I was wronged. They wrongfully overturned my victory," the president said, in further sign that he would not let the ruling stay behind him.
Earlier at a meeting with Luyia leaders, he had also addressed the Kisii community issue saying he was a friend of the community just as he loved all other Kenyans.
Jack is a business and society writer at the Kenya Free Press