Uhuru's warning message to CJ Maraga
“We are not going to entertain any monkey business from the IEBC," DP Ruto
Together with his deputy William Ruto, President Uhuru Kenyatta has cautioned the Judiciary not to aid the opposition to scuttle the election process.
The duo, who spoke in Karbatonjo, has cast aspersions to the polls team, adding that the Courts were increasingly getting entangled in the attempts by the opposition to delay the August 8 election.
“IEBC sio commission ya Raila, sio commission ya NASA.You cannot claim independence and use it to interfere with the functioning of the Executive and other arms of Government,” said the President.
He said every Kenyan has known that elections would be held on August 8 and it would not be acceptable for the Judiciary to mess up the process.
He cited the example of the order of ballot papers coming weeks before August 8 as the latest of the court orders that have issued in favour of the opposition’s attempt to complicate the election and to intimidate the IEBC
“We have respected you for too long but do not take our silence as cowardice. We will not allow our competitors to use the courts to intimidate the IEBC,” said the President.
President Kenyatta has maintained that widespread allegations by the opposition team that Jubilee is out to rig elections are hogwash.
“This is the first government that is serving a term that is less than five years. If we wanted to rig elections we would have started by demanding that we serve five years but we have accepted that because we want democracy to prevail,” Uhuru told the Jubilee supporters in a charged rally in Baringo County.
On his part, DP Ruto cautioned the IEBC against defying the constitution on electoral matters.
“There should be no conspiracy with those who are not ready for elections. The IEBC must respect its Constitutional duty to hold elections as stipulated,” DP Ruto said.
He added: “We are not going to entertain any monkey business.”
The DP also challenged the CJ to tell Kenyans why he publicly gave directions to the IEBC not to print ballot papers even before the Judges handling an election-related case made their ruling.
He added: “We are asking the CJ, what it means when the CJ gives directions that the IEBC should not print ballot papers?”
He said the IEBC, the Judiciary and all politicians should work in tandem to ensure that elections are held as stipulated in the elections.
Meanwhile the Raila Odinga led team National Super Alliance on its tour at the coast has trashed the onslaught by Jubilee against the polls team.
Speaking to a mammoth crowd at the coast, Siaya Senator and senior counsel James Orengo bashed President Uhuru, arguing that the sentiments by Uhuru are out to tarnish the good image of the Judiciary.
“We want to tell the Jubilee team that what they are doing is an eminent attack to the Judiciary and the IEBC which are independent bodies,” Orengo said.
Meanwhile in a statement to newsroom Chief Justice David Maraga has cautioned the political outfits against dragging the innocent Judiciary int the murky waters of politics.
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