November 23rd 2017

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Uhuru, Raila teams resume IEBC talks but two parties remain worlds apart

According to a NASA source, the Jubilee delegation wanted the team's agenda limited to hearing about IEBC's plans for the repeat election. However, NASA wanted the meeting to discuss the fate of officials who bungled the August 8 presidential election that was nullified by the Supreme Court.

By Phillip MuleeWednesday, 27 Sep 2017 13:20 EAT

President Uhuru Kenyatta campaigning in Mai Mahihu yesterday.

Representatives of NASA and Jubilee presidential candidates Raila Odinga and Uhuru Kenyatta were deadlocked in their meeting with IEBC commissioners at the Bomas of Kenya earlier, forcing the chairman Wafula Chebukati to give them a break to confer with the two principals.

James Orengo, Norman Magaya and Paul Mwangi for Raila and Raphael Tuju, David Chirchir and Kipchumba Murkomen for Uhuru could not agree to the agenda of the talks. However, by 3.46pm (when this article was updated) the teams had trooped back to the conference room and engaging the IEBC commissioners.

According to a NASA source, the Jubilee delegation wanted the team's agenda limited to hearing about IEBC's plans for the repeat election. However, NASA wanted the meeting to discuss the fate of officials who bungled the August 8 presidential election that was nullified by the Supreme Court.

NASA yesterday staged protests to demand the exit of top officials of the electoral agency, whom they accused of bungling the August 8 polls. The largely peaceful demonstrations took place in Nairobi and Kisumu towns, where dozens of NASA supporters marched to the offices of IEBC.

IEBC commissioners and Secretariat began hosting the two sides to discuss the stand-off and agree on the way forward, but the meeting could not proceed initially due to differences over the agenda. Raila had threatened to boycott the IEBC meet, but he later postponed NASA's official campaign launch in Kakamega which was an indication that it was not keen on the rerun with its demands unmet.

Meanwhile President Kenyatta, has released a schedule of a meet-the-people tour of six counties in the next five days. According to a dispatch from State House Spokesman Manoah Esipisu, during the tours, the President will reiterate his message and vision of unity and transformation agenda that will guarantee a free, equitable, stable, inclusive and prosperous Kenya.

President Kenyatta will urge Kenyans to turn up in large numbers again to cast their votes to reconfirm their choice after the Supreme Court annulled his August 8 election victory without contesting the fact that he won with a significant majority.

He will emphasize his position that the Kenyan people will speak once again, and must be heard, on 26 October 2017, the date the electoral agency IEBC has set for fresh elections.

The President has put his campaign teams into shape, led by elected leaders — from grassroots MCAs to Senators, Members of the National Assembly, and Governors during the Jubilee Parliamentary group meeting which he chaired with his Deputy William Ruto, yesterday at State House. The inclusive teams have also brought on board politicians who did not secure seats in the last election, according to Esipisu.

The President kick started his campaigns for the October elections with visits to Embu and Tharaka Nithi counties on Monday.

Today, the President was to tour Isiolo and Busia counties, the latter where his fortunes have gained with the defection to Jubilee from opposition ranks of Paul Otuoma, the former MP who narrowly lost in the Busia gubernatorial elections. The President will also visit Bungoma for the homecoming of Kenneth Lusaka, the new Senate Speaker.

On Saturday, the President will hold a consultative meeting with 20,000 leaders from Kakamega, Bungoma, Busia and Vihiga at Kakamega State Lodge before addressing a rally at Malaha market, in Mumias East, to celebrate the electoral victory of Jubilee MP Benjamin Washiali.

On Sunday the President will attend Church Service in Kericho Town, where he will later address a major rally later.

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