BY EURIDICE NZIOKA,NAIROBI,20TH OCT 2017-President Uhuru Kenyatta has asked all kenyans to maintain peace even as the country gears up for the repeat presidential poll slated for Thursday next week.
Uhuru who lead the country in making mashujaa day celebrations criticized NASA leader Raila Odinga’s plan to disrupt the conduct of October 26th fresh presidential poll saying it was a threat to hard-won freedom to vote.
Speaking while addressing Kenyans at Uhuru Park for Mashujaa Day celebrations, President Kenyatta, however, said that his administration is ready to counter any threats during and after the elections.
“Elections will come and go, but Kenya remains. For those planning to vote, and those staying away, I urge you to extend a hand of friendship to your brothers and sisters and respect each other choice,” Kenyatta said.
He added that the Government will not tolerate chaos disguised as an exercise of freedoms to create suffering in the country.
The President also warned opposition leaders against intimidating the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission in a bid to prevent it from holding the election.
“To those threatening and intimidating the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC), its staff and other entities, this must cease forthwith. We must trust, nurture and safeguard our institutions to enable them to grow and perform their functions,” said the President.
The President said even though the Constitution guarantees the right to demonstrate peacefully, that right is guaranteed only for those operating within the confines of the law. “As a modern state, Kenya must be guided by the rule of law,” said the President.