, KAJIADO, Kenya, Oct 21 – President Uhuru Kenyatta on Saturday affirmed that the October 26 fresh election will take place as required by the Constitution, saying opposition leader Raila Odinga cannot continue to hold the country in suspense.
Addressing a huge campaign rally at Kitengela in Kajiado County, President Kenyatta said Kenya is not about an individual but about 45 million Kenyans.
“Kenya is not about satisfying the ego or dreams of one man (Odinga),” he said.
The President, who was accompanied by his Deputy William Ruto, asked Odinga to stop putting Kenya on an endless electioneering mode, saying Kenyans need to finish with the election and get back to building the nation.
“Kenyans are tired and will not allow to be put in a perpetual electioneering mode,” the President said.
President Kenyatta added that just because Odinga’s dream has not been fulfilled does not mean that the country should come to a standstill.
He urged Kenyans to turn out in large numbers and exercise their democratic right by voting on October 26 without fear, assuring that the security of every citizen is guaranteed.
The Head of State reiterated that the opposition is free to boycott the October 26 fresh election but they cannot stifle the right of Kenyans to choose their leader.
The President also spoke on his administration’s transformational agenda that included the provision of free secondary education starting January next year to ensure all Kenyan children acquire quality education.
Deputy President Ruto lambasted Odinga for inciting violence against election officials so as to stop the October 26 election, saying his sinister motives will not prevail.
“We want to tell Raila Odinga to stop his supporters, followers and family members from meting out violence against election officials in Nyanza because Nyanza is Kenya,” Deputy President Ruto said.
The DP said the opposition’s instigated demonstrations where property is destroyed and lives lost over a democratic process as well as the violence against election officials are the tools of trade of terrorists, dictators and despots and should be condemned in Kenya.
“I want to state categorically that anybody organizing street riots where property is destroyed and lives lost over a democratic process, organizing violence against election officials – that is the language and tools of trade of terrorists, dictators and despots. We want to say that has no room in independent Kenya,” Deputy President Ruto said.
The DP emphasized that those who are not ready for October 26 fresh poll should respect those who wanted to participate so that the country can move forward.
He asked residents to come out in large numbers next week on Thursday during the fresh presidential election as scheduled by the IEBC so that they can entrench the country’s democracy and development agenda.
Other speakers included Governors Joseph Ole Lenku (Kajiado) and Mike Mbuvi Sonko (Nairobi), Kajiado Senator Phillip Mpayeei, MPs Peris Tobiko (Kajiado East), Metito Ole Katoo (Kajiado South), Joseph Manje (Kajiado North) and Janet Teiyaa (Kajiado Women Rep); and ex-Governor David Ole Nkedienye among other leaders.