Uhuru tells Kenyans to be peaceful during election, says govt to counter threats

October 20, 2017 3:00 pm
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Speaking while addressing Kenyans at Uhuru Park for Mashujaa Day celebrations, President Kenyatta, however, said that his administration is ready to counter any threats during and after the elections/PSCU

, NAIROBI, Kenya, Oct 20 – President Uhuru Kenyatta has framed Raila Odinga’s plan to disrupt the conduct of October 26th fresh presidential poll as a threat to hard-won freedom to vote.

Speaking while addressing Kenyans at Uhuru Park for Mashujaa Day celebrations, President Kenyatta, however, said that his administration is ready to counter any threats during and after the elections.

A tough-talking Kenyatta added that for those planning any kind of disruption; the law will apply equally to all regardless of social class, political position and no one will be spared.

“Elections will come and go, but Kenya remains. For those planning to vote, and those staying away, I urge you to extend a hand of friendship to your brothers and sisters and respect each other choice,” Kenyatta said.

He added that the Government will not tolerate chaos disguised as an exercise of freedoms to create suffering in the country.

He also urged Kenyans to remain peaceful in the upcoming repeat Presidential elections and called on Kenyans to exercise their democratic right on October 26 to defend their inalienable right to vote for the leader of their choice.

The President also warned opposition leaders against intimidating the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission in a bid to prevent it from holding the election.

 

“To those threatening and intimidating the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC), its staff and other entities, this must cease forthwith.  We must trust, nurture and safeguard our institutions to enable them to grow and perform their functions,” said the President.

The President said even though the Constitution guarantees the right to demonstrate peacefully, that right is guaranteed only for those operating within the confines of the law. “As a modern state, Kenya must be guided by the rule of law,” said the President.

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