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BY CORRESPONDENT,PSCU,29TH SEPT 2017-President Uhuru Kenyatta has defended the electoral law changes by Jubilee saying they will prevent pitfalls such as those that led to the nullification of the August 8 polls
Speaking during their campaign rally in Busia on Friday President Kenyatta who was accompanied by deputy president William Ruto said the changes to the electoral law will guarantee transparency by curbing any form of malpractices.
“There is no way that the government will allow any person to block any voter from exercising their right to choose the leader or leaders of their choice,” he said.
President Kenyatta, also formally received to Jubilee Paul Utuoma, the former MP who narrowly lost in the Busia gubernatorial elections and other Opposition leaders from the county.
The President thanked Busia residents for voting for him in the August 8 polls and urged them to turn out in large numbers to enable him win with a bigger margin in the October 26 fresh presidential election.
In the August 8 polls, President Kenyatta garnered 35,000 votes while in 2013 he only got 8,000 votes.
Deputy President Ruto said the opposition was not ready for elections because it has already sensed defeat.
He said Raila Odinga was now thriving in chaotic situations to get into power through the backdoor, saying Kenyans will not allow that to happen.
“Our friends in the opposition are not interested in elections because they have no votes. They have already sensed defeat and that’s why they are looking for ways of getting to power through the backdoor,” said the DP.
“They have resorted to demonstrations with the aim of causing chaos and bloodshed with the hope of making the country ungovernable so that they can negotiate for a ‘nusu mkate’ government. But that will not happen,” the Deputy President added.
He told Odinga to stop misleading Kenyans that elections would not take place in October 26, the date set by IEBC, saying no one has powers to interfere with any election in the country.
“I want to tell Mr Odinga that if President Uhuru Kenyatta who is the Commander-in-Chief of the Defence Forces can’t stop elections in this country, who is he to tell us that he will stop the October 26 elections?” asked Ruto.
“Kenyans will go to polls in October 26 whether Mr Odinga participates or not. It is only Kenyans who can stop any election in this country,” added the DP.
He said Jubilee was ready for the fresh presidential elections as directed by the Supreme Court, urging voters in Busia County to turn out in large numbers and support the re-election of President Kenyatta.
The DP said the Government would continue to focus its energies on matters of development especially in the fields of energy, roads, health, education among other areas that have direct impact on the lives of Kenyans.
Cabinet Secretary Eugene Wamalwa (Water and Irrigation), former ministers Paul Otuoma, Ababu Namwamba, Chris Okemo and Fred Gumo said they would mobilise voters in western Kenya to support the re-election of President Kenyatta.Jubilee also campaigned in Bungoma urging residents to surpport them as they did in the August 8 election.At the rally held in Webuye senate speaker Ken Lusaka Thanked the residents for their support and urged them to vote for Jubilee.