November 23rd 2017

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Machakos leaders fault amendment of election laws

“We are going back to (presidential) elections and Raila and Kalonzo (Musyoka) are inside the soccer pitch playing in the injury time. It is therefore unfair to change the rules of the game at this stage because it’s an act of cowardice which will be defeated either way,” she said.

By Mutinda MulwaTuesday, 03 Oct 2017 20:02 EAT

Machakos Senator Boniface Kabaka has fiercely criticized the passing of new amendments to election laws by Jubilee legislators in the National Assembly. Kabaka said the move was not only ill-intended, but also an attempt by ‘those calling themselves the majority’ to subvert the constitution by denying Kenyans the right to free and fair elections.

“We are putting on notice those trying to distort our jurisprudence to change the laws of the Republic of Kenya. We shall not fear death defending what is right. All we want is a level playground for Kenyans to go back to fresh elections,” said the senator.

He spoke at former Kathiani MP Wavinya Ndeti’s Kinanie home in Mavoko constituency during a memorial anniversary of her late husband, Prince Henry Oduwole. The senator, who is a constitutional law expert, said the ‘doctrine of tyranny of numbers’ had been misused by Jubilee MPs to entrench impunity and misrule in the country.

“Those legislators who are feeling excited to support amendments to Election Laws in a reckless manner merely because they have 'tyranny of numbers' must reason beyond their tribal cocoons,” he said at the ocassion graced by Ida Odinga, wife of National Super Alliance (NASA) presidential candidate Raila Odinga.

Mama Ida also criticized the amendment to Election Laws, terming it a ‘cowardly act.’ “We are going back to (presidential) elections and Raila and Kalonzo (Musyoka) are inside the soccer pitch playing in the injury time. It is therefore unfair to change the rules of the game at this stage because it’s an act of cowardice which will be defeated either way,” she said.

Ms Ndeti, who is currently battling the election of Governor Alfred Mutua through a petition filed in the High Court the reason the country was stuck in a political quagmire was failure by political players to observe the rule of law. “President Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy, William Ruto should ensure things are done right in this country. Let us have elections in accordance with the rule of law if we really want the country to head to the right direction,” she said.

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