, NAIROBI, Kenya, Dec 12 – President Uhuru Kenyatta has ruled out the possibility of the country plunging into post election violence after the 2017 elections.
The President who exuded confidence in his re-election come next year’s General Election in a free, fair and transparent poll said Kenya will remain peaceful regardless of the outcome.
“We will disagree robustly because we’re a democracy but that disagreement will have limits – we will not fight,” he said during the Jamhuri Day celebrations at the Nyayo National Stadium.
“We will either accept the results or challenge them following the legal means laid down for that purpose.”
The Head of State said his government’s record in delivering a better life for its citizens was on target – something he believes has earned him support from citizens across the country over the past four years since ascending to power.
“I believe I have done what Kenyans asked me to do when they gave me the mandate to lead – I believe I have earned their support,” he pronounced adding: “I believe that next year they’ll give me a second and final term in an open and transparent election but the choice is theirs, Kenyans will have a final say.”
According to President Kenyatta, Kenyans must rally together in building the nation and avoid any acts that would threaten the unity of the nation urging. “Kenyans to unite as this is the basis for defeating poverty.”
He asked Kenyans to shun divisive politics so as to realize a truly developed and prosperous nation that every citizen will be proud to belong to. Further challenging politicians to avoid inciting Kenyans to violence, the president said the right to pick leaders belongs to the citizens and that leaders should comply and respect the will of Kenyans.
“We (politicians) must look for votes through selling our manifestos to the electorate knowing that the citizens are learned and have the ability to pick the leader they want to rule the nation,” he proclaimed. “We don’t have the right as politicians to incite Kenyans – let’s look for votes in peace and respect the decision of voters – that is the only way of building a democracy.”
The President also hit out at foreign donors targeting to influence Kenyans under the guise of civic education saying donors interested in supporting the electoral process should channel their support through the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) who have been tasked with conducting civic education.