By KBC Reporters
Pressure continues to pile on President Uhuru Kenyatta not to assent to the controversial Elections law passed by the National Assembly last week.
A group of civil society members, church leaders and Uriri MP John Kobado are urging the President to instead engage the opposition in serious dialogue in resolving the stalemate.
Addressing faithful at Rombe Anglican Church in his constituency after a thanks giving ceremony, Kobado said by the President allowing dialogue on the matter is both heroic and a sign of statesmanship on his part.
He said the President should not wait until the opposition mobilizes a mass protest over the controversial amendments to allow the manual system during the 2017 General election among other issues for him to act.
On their part, the religious leaders led by Bishop Mariko Ayisi of Mariwa PEFA church said they want the President to dialogue with the opposition to create a conducive environment for the upcoming poll.
At the same time they called on the opposition to abandon street confrontations with the government but instead give dialogue a chance.
Meanwhile, Wiper Democratic Movement Leader Hon Kalonzo Musyoka has appealed to the Senate to rise to the occasion to save this country from political uncertainty by rejecting the recent amendments enacted by the National Assembly.
The Wiper Leader said MPs erred by passing amendments on election laws that had earlier been achieved through a negotiated settlement. The amendments did not augur well for the future of this country, he cautioned.
Kalonzo made the remarks Tuesday afternoon at the residence of the late Maasai patriarch, John Keen, where he had gone to condole with the family.
“My appeal to the Senate as they meet tomorrow is to be able to, once again – because they have done it before – is to prove that they are also nationalists and they are concerned about ensuring proper legacy in terms of democracy in this country.”
“At the National Assembly, media was locked out, some Members were harmed, and others were allowed into the Chambers with arms and therefore, there was total chaos. That cannot be said to have been a democratic process.”
Kalonzo wondered why there was such a hurry to pass the amendments when Speaker Justin Muturi had earlier set January 24th as the next date of debate.
“You can see the contradiction and the very corrupt process that took place on the floor of the National Assembly. I hope the Senate will correct it. If they correct the situation tomorrow, then we will have no reason to go to the streets on 4th of January, but if they do not correct the situation, then on the 4th of January, Kenyans will pour on the streets to demonstrate against those laws.”
Giving a chronology of events, Kalonzo narrated how envoys, church elders, professionals as well as other Kenyans from all walks of life sat down to dialogue.
“We agreed that we would announced a commitment to that document. President Uhuru expressed his support for that document, we also expressed our support for the document.”
“To try to change that document is like saying Kenyans have differences and have lost trust on one another. It is also like trashing all what had been discussed earlier.”
He urged Senators to rise up to the occasion and prove that they are people who can be trusted to guide this country to the right destination, like they had done before.
Elsewhere, controversial Senator Paul Njoroge has joined the list of leaders asking the President not to sign the amended electoral law.
Njoroge who is affiliated to the Jubilee Party differed with his colleagues after saying the move to amend the law was a plan to rig the coming general elections. The senator who represents the disabled in the Senate pointed an accusing finger at DP William Ruto saying he was behind the amendment.
Njoroge called on IEBC to ensure that there are enough BVR kits back-up as the country goes to the elections instead of going manual.
Senate Speaker Ekwe Ethuro has summoned senators on Wednesday for a special session to discuss the amendments.
Last week, Mps from Jubilee and CORD clashed in parliament before the amendments were hurriedly passed.
Njoroge warned of chaos if the law went through adding that the President should forestall the country from bursting into violence as it happened in 2007.