NAIROBI, Kenya, Sep 9 – President Uhuru Kenyatta and Deputy President William Ruto are set to hold a series of campaigns in Nairobi culminating in a major rally at the Uhuru Park grounds on Saturday.
The two who held successful meetings in the counties of Kericho, Nakuru and Uasin Gishu on Friday will visit Muthurwa Market before proceeding to Uhuru Park through Haile Selassie Avenue and Uhuru Highway.
During a mega rally at Kapkatet grounds in Kericho on Friday, the Jubilee Party presidential campaign received a major boost after former Bomet Governor Isaac Ruto decamped the National Super Alliance (NASA) in which he was a co-principal, backing President Kentatta’s re-election in the forthcoming presidential contest.
“Today I want to tell President Kenyatta and his deputy Ruto that we have come to join hand with you so that we can vote for you on October 17 and continue to govern this nation,” the former chairperson of Council of Governors said at the Kapkatet grounds rally also attended by Emurua Dikirr lawmaker Johanna Ng’eno who has been a fierce critic of the deputy president.
“We’ve spoken with one voice and said for the sake of harmony and tranquility we have to come together,” Ng’eno said at the meeting.
During the rally, DP Ruto dismissed threats by NASA to boycott the fresh presidential elections slated for October 17 saying the sovereign will of Kenyans will not be held hostage by a few individuals.
“If they want to boycott the election on October 17, please go ahead. We’re doing NASA and their friend in the Supreme Court a favor by going to this election. They shouldn’t toy around with us,” the DP declared.
The Jubilee Party has since the nullification of President Kenyatta’s re-election in the August 8 poll registered its dissatisfaction with the Supreme Court decision of September 1 but however said it will respect it for the sake of stability in the country.
In their campaigns in Kapkatet, Naivasha and Eldoret towns, Kenyatta and Ruto insisted that polls must be conducted on the October 17 date gazetted by the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) saying the country’s economy needed to recover from the election fever.
“If Raila thinks he will hold the country hostage so that we form a coalition government, I want to tell him clearly that he will not get to the government through the back door. He should seek the mandate from the people,” President Kenyatta noted.
IEBC has already gazetted crucial timelines in the period leading to the October 17 poll including recruitment of election officials (presiding/deputy officers and clerks), procurement and distribution of election materials, upgrade, configuration and distribution of electoral management devices (KIEMS) as well as a results management framework.
The winner of the October 17 repeat presidential election will be declared any day between the poll date and October 23, the same being gazetted by October 25.
See all election timelines below:
PRESS RELEASE – Sep 8th 2017 – Timelines with key milestones leading to the election pic.twitter.com/2kyb1X1e1u
— IEBC (@IEBCKenya) September 8, 2017