Pres. Kenyatta asserts that IEBC reform push must submit to constitution

By Edward Kabasa/ Victor Muyakane

President Uhuru Kenyatta has ruled out the possibility of any reforms in IEBC and any dialogue concerning the same outside the framework of the constitution.

The President who led Kenyans in marking Madaraka day celebrations at Afraha Stadium in Nakuru County, said Kenyans in their wisdom adopted the new constitution heralding a shift in the way the country is managed and his fidelity will be to the law. Sentiments that were also echoed by Deputy President William Ruto.

In an apparent reference to CORD demands to disband IEBC, President Uhuru Kenyatta hit out at the opposition saying their leaders were in the forefront leading Kenyans in adopting the new constitution and they cannot run away from the very law they helped to put in place.

Kenyatta further asserted that leaders must desist from utterances and acts that might undermine the gains made by Kenya since independence, conceding that while it is the right for Kenyans to bear varied opinions on the government’s performance, those opinions must be expressed in constitutionally approved means and more so, the government must be allowed to deliver its mandate to the people.

In the same event, Deputy President William Ruto decried the latest demonstrations by CORD, challenging the opposition to abandon demos and instead initiate legal processes so as provided by law if they indeed want to eject IEBC.

While highlighting achievements made by the Jubilee government President Kenyatta said devolution as a provision of the constitution has delivered service to the people and everyone ought to support it at whatever cost.

President Kenyatta also defended the government’s decision to shut the Daadab refugee camp, saying Kenya cannot compromise on matters security. This year’s Madaraka Day celebrations were the first to be held outside Nairobi.


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