We will still win when polls are re­peated – JP

Lead­ers say move to dis­agree with rul­ing doesn’t mean they do not re­spect court

The Star (Kenya) - - Politics | General - DPPS @TheS­tarKenya

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.

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