NAIROBI, Kenya, Jun 13 – President Uhuru Kenyatta on Tuesday drew the line in the sand over what he said were persistent attacks on the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission by the Opposition and a recipe for chaos.
Making reference to the biblical story of Solomon’s wisdom in dealing with two women fighting over a child, President Kenyatta said he would not stand idly by and allow Kenya to once again go down the 2008 road to post-election violence.
He said the Opposition must be ready to accept the outcome of the August General Election, whatever it may be, as he was did in 2002 when he lost the Presidential election to Mwai Kibaki. “I conceded even before the final tally was in.”
He insisted his government was committed to a free and fair election and said the IEBC must be given the “space” to conduct just such an exercise.
He said the aspersions cast onto the integrity of the IEBC even after the appointment of a new team at the behest of the Opposition, was dishonest.
He therefore demanded of the Opposition a commitment to the peaceful resolution of any disputes that may arise out of the electoral process and pledged himself to put pen to paper in commitment to a peaceful election.
President Kenyatta made the pledge from the Eldoret State Lodge before embarking on a campaign tour of West Pokot county.