I disagree with Supreme Court ruling but will respect it-President Uhuru Kenyatta

| Updated Sep 01, 2017 at 7:12pm

 

 

President Uhuru Kenyatta on Friday, September 1 lost his cool twice and sent a chilling warning to Chief Justice David Maraga as the Head of State reacted on cancellation of hi win.

While he addressed the nation from State House, President Kenyatta said that "six people" could not possibly decide the will of millions of Kenyans.

Shortly after, as the Jubilee team hit the road in campaigns around the City, President Kenyatta reminded Maraga that he was the sitting President.

According to President Kenyatta, it is "important to respect the rule of law even if you disagree with the Supreme Court ruling".

He called for calm, saying: "Your neighbour will still be your neighbour, regardless of what has happened... My primary message today to every single Kenyan is peace. Let us be people of peace."

Mr. Kenyatta, 55, added: "We are ready to go back again to the people with the same agenda that we delivered to the people."

The president was more combative later at a rally of supporters in a market in Nairobi.

He referred to Justice Maraga and his fellow judges as wakora (crooks in Swahili), saying they had "decided to cancel the election".

He warned the chief justice that as the poll had been annulled he was now the president again, not president-elect.

"Do you understand me? Maraga should know that he is now dealing with the serving president," Mr Kenyatta said.

"We are keeping a close eye on them. But let us deal with the election first. We are not afraid."

The Chairman of the Electoral Commissioner, Wafula Chebukati noted the ruling and said there would be "changes to personnel" ahead of the new election.

He invited the director of public prosecutions "to prosecute any of our staff that may have been involved in violations".

But he ruled out resigning, saying he had not been accused of wrongdoing.

After the election, international monitors from the EU, the African Union and the US had said there was no major fraud on polling day and urged Mr. Odinga to concede.

On Friday, Marietje Schaake, the head of the EU Observer Mission, said the court ruling represented "a historic day for Kenya and we have always said that people who feel aggrieved should seek the path of the courts".

She said the monitors had at the time pointed to irregularities and encouraged the Kenyan authorities to deal with them.

Raila Odinga will feel vindicated against accusations that he was just being a bad loser in challenging President Kenyatta's win.


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