November 22nd 2017

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Uhuru, visibly shaken by Supreme Court ruling, hits campaign trail within hours

"Millions of Kenyans queued, made their choices and six people have decided that they will go against the will of the people," the president said in a speech from State House.

By Liza Makenalmakena@kenyafreepress.comFriday, 01 Sep 2017 19:21 EAT

President Kenyatta speaking at Burma Market.

In an apparent effort to reassure supporters panicked by the nullification of his August 8 win announced by the IEBC, President Uhuru Kenyatta hit the campaign road within hours of the announcement of the court decision, addressing supporters in Burma Market in Eastlands, Nairobi.

The rally apparently marked the start of his campaign for a fresh election IEBC has to conduct within 60 days. It was the president's first since the election, the campaign for which, according to documents tabled in the Supreme Court by his lawyers, he addressed 600 political rallies in the two-month campaign period.

The rally came after the president, whose powers have been substantially reduced by the court decision, had condemned the ruling by implying that so few people (six judges) had made a decision on a matter where the voters' decision should have been supreme. "Millions of Kenyans queued, made their choices and six people have decided that they will go against the will of the people," the president said in a speech from State House.

NASA presidential candidae Raila Odinga had made a not-so-different claim two weeks ago, declaring at a meeting in Mombasa that seven judges of the Supreme Court would not stop his march for justice over the blatantly fraudulent election. This was before the judges upheld almost every claim he and his running mate Kalonzo Musyoka had made about the election.

However, the president's denigrating the six judges was seen by many as a little too much, given that the rampant fraud that marked the election were perpetrated by just two individuals in his favour - IEBC chairman Wafula Chebukati and CEO Ezra Chiloba. NASA has demanded that Chiloba and a number of top IEBC officials be prosecuted for crimes identified in the ruling.

At the State House address, the president also called for peace among Kenyans following the ruling which he, as expected, disagreed with. "I am ready for the fresh polls. Let Kenyans decide and that is the nature of the democracy, we are not at war with the opposition”, he said in a televised address at State House before hitting the road for the rally at Burma Market.

The President's address calmed the side of Jubilee supporters who were eagerly awaiting for his word after opposition supporters went into frenzy of celebrations. “We as Kenyans should ensure that we maintain peace, love and unity as we wait for the big day again no need of violence or any form of demonstrations. We are all Kenyans, tribalism should stop”, he said.

“It is important for us as Kenyans to be respecters of the rule of law, maintain peace because the fault is not yours, your neighbour remains your neighbour regardless of what has happened and that is the most important thing for you. We are ready to go back to the people with the same agenda that we will deliver to people.”

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