President Kenyatta extends olive branch to CORD

June 1, 2016 6:16 pm
President Kenyatta expressed a willingness to dialogue with opposition/COURTESY
President Kenyatta expressed a willingness to dialogue with opposition/PSCU

, NAIROBI, Kenya, June 1- President Uhuru Kenyatta has maintained that he is open to holding constructive talks with the Coalition for Reforms and Democracy (CORD) opposition leaders.

Speaking during Wednesday’s Madaraka Day celebration in Nakuru, President Kenyatta however insisted that the law on the changing of guard at the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission be followed.

“I would want to request all the leaders, let us discuss, respect one another and also follow the laid laws and Kenya will succeed,” Kenyatta said. “We cannot like the law when it seems good to you, but when its speaks against, you don’t like.”

He says it is democracy for politicians to disagree but it would be unfair to Kenyans for a few leaders to insist on things that would go against the Constitution.

His statement came after the CORD leadership snubbed his invitation to attend the Nakuru Madaraka Day celebration held at the Afraha Stadium.

“I have no competition with anyone. Even yesterday you saw that I invited my friends and told them we go to Afraha Stadium. But I don’t know why they did not come because these celebrations are for everybody,” President Kenyatta said.

On his part, Deputy President William Ruto called on the opposition to desist from the usual Monday demonstrations against the IEBC commissioners, urging them to use laid down procedures. “We must all respect the law.”


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