We will still win when polls are repeated – JP
Leaders say move to disagree with ruling doesn’t mean they do not respect court
Jubilee leaders yesterday took their campaigns to Kiambu county, saying the Supreme Court ruling on the presidential petition will not deter the party from winning again.
They said their move to disagree with the ruling that nullified the August 8 presidential election does not mean they do not respect the court.
They said it was within their constitutional rights to criticise such a ruling.
They were Deputy President William Ruto, Water CS Eugene Wamalwa, Senate Speaker Kenneth Lusaka and Kiambu Governor Ferdinand Waititu.
The others were senators Kipchumba Murkomen (Elgeyo Marakwet), Kithure Kindiki (Tharaka Nithi) and Kimani Wamatangi (Kiambu).
MPs Moses Kuria (Gatundu South), Alice Wahome (Kandara), Benjamin Washiali (Mumias East), Kimani Ichung’wa (Kikuyu), Kanini Kega (Kieni), Francis Waititu (Juja), Jude Jomo (Kiambu Town) and Kiambu woman representative Gathoni Wamuchomba were present.
“As we comply with the Supreme Court ruling, no one should try to intimidate us into silence, because it is our right to engage in constructive criticism,” Kindiki said.
They addressed residents of Thika town after attending a service at St Andrew’s Anglican Church.
Ruto said it is unfair the court over- turned the decision of 15 million Kenyans, who elected the leaders of their choice on August 8.
“A total of 15 million Kenyans woke up early to vote and there is no dispute on the votes President Uhuru Kenyatta got,” he said.
“We are not going to look for brokers and networks around the courts, but the people of Kenya made their decision on August 8 and will do so again when the polls are repeated.”
Wamalwa and Washiali said nothing in law stops leaders from engaging in constructive criticism of a court ruling.
“As people from Western Kenya, we want to assure you we will do our best to double the votes for President Kenyatta when a fresh election is held,” Washiali said.
Kindiki said they would not allow a few individuals to overturn the sovereignty of Kenyans, saying the ruling by the Supreme Court was an affront on democracy.
“If the opposition thinks we will look for judges to give us votes, then they should forget it, because it’s Kenyans who elect leaders,” Murkomen said.
The leaders said it is only the IEBC that is mandated to manage elections.
Ruto said it is hypocrisy on the part of the opposition leaders to claim they have no faith in the IEBC to conduct the fresh polls as ordered by the Supreme Court, yet it’s the same agency that managed elections for MCA, MP and governor.