BY KORIR JUMA,NAIROBI,19TH OCT 2017-The elections slated for Thursday next week will proceed as planned.President Uhuru Kenyatta has affirmed.
In an interview with Kalenjin FM radio stations Chamgei and Kass FM on Thursday afternoon at the Nakuru State Lodge, Kenyata says he is open to hold talks with NASA leader Raila Odinga on the peaceful conduct of the poll but he added that he will not entertain the subject of their postponement.
President Kenyatta said he would not stand for the citizenry to be robbed of their right to flex their muscle at the ballot.
“We can shake hands and say yes, that we as candidates are willing to accept the will of the people but there is no other dialogue other than that but that dialogue me as Uhuru Kenyatta, my deputy William Ruto, we are ready at any time.”
He has maintained this position even as pressure mounts from a section of the civil society and religious leaders for the two leaders to adopt more temperate positions in the interest of peace and stability.
Kenyatta has however described as unfortunate Raila’s calls for demonstrations on poll day but assured the electorate of security should they wish to cast their ballot.