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Thursday, 07 Sep 2017 13:19 EAT
IEBC should consult NASA presidential candidate Raila Odinga on the repeat election preparations including the date for the presidential re-election, says Mavoko MP Patrick Makau. Makau said all the stakeholders including NASA principals and President Uhuru Kenyatta among other interested parties need to dialogue with IEBC and agree on when and how to conduct the presidential fresh elections.
“As Kenyans if we want peace, Raila must be consulted together with Kenyatta by the IEBC before the electoral body sets a date for the re-election,” said Makau, who addressed the public during his thanks giving ceremony at Mavoko Stadium in Athi River town on Wednesday. “Let’s sit down, dialogue and agree before we get to the ballot”.
Makau said Kenyans need to be confident that IEBC will conduct free, fair, credible and transparent elections this time round. He criticized President Kenyatta for publicly attacking Chief Justice David Maraga for the judgment he made on the August 8 presidential results’ quashing his victory after a successful petition by Mr Odinga.
“Sasa tumeamua turudi kwa debe, Kenyatta aache kutusi mahakama. Hi mahakama ndio ilimpatia ushindi wa urais mwaka wa 2013 (Now we have agreed to go back to the ballot after Supreme Court ruling. The president should stop insulting the court. Its the same court that ruled in his favour after the controversial 2013 Presidential elections,” said Makau.
Makau said Kenyatta should recognize that it is the same court which gave him victory in 2013 when Raila unsuccessfully challenged the Presidential results through a court petition. “The Supreme Court gave you (Kenyatta) victory in 2013 and you were happy,” said Makau.
He expressed confidence that NASA will send President Kenyatta home in forthcoming repeat elections. Makau said NASA MPs will not resume parliament until the presidential re-election is conducted.
“There is no resuming parliament until we are done with the presidential re-election,” said Makau, who added that the first assembly’s business is normally to discuss the presidential speech which cannot be conducted before a legitimate president is elected into office.
Makau urged NASA supporters from Mavoko constituency to be more vigilant not to give room for election rigging.
“Let’s be more vigilant this time round not to allow computer rigging,” said Makau.
The writer is the news editor of the Kenya Free Press