By The Editor.
September 29th 2017
President Uhuru Kenyatta has defended the proposed controversial changes to electoral laws amid spirited opposition from various quarters.
At a rally in Busia on Friday, the president told a crowd the changes would help prevent future mistakes in elections by placing criminal responsibility on electoral officials who refuse to follow regulations.
“We are seeking to ensure officials who refuse to sign forms are punished for it. What is wrong with that? We want them to go to jail for five years if they refuse to do their job. Aren’t these the things our opponents complained about?”
The president argued mistakes realized in last month’s elections will be cured by changing the law.
The proposed changes have elicited criticism from opposition National Super Alliance, who has accused the ruling party of changing the rules of the game at halftime.
NASA Presidential Candidate Mr. Raila Odinga has maintained that there will be no repeat Presidential Election as ordered by the Supreme Court if certain officials in the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) led by Chief Executive Officer Mr. Ezra Chiloba do not leave the Commission and pave way for competent people to manage the election.
Mr. Chiloba and eleven other officials in the Commission have been mentioned adversely as having colluded with multi-national companies like OT Morpho formerly Safran Identity and Security (a French Company), Dubai based printing firm Al Ghurair and mobile telephony company Safaricom to subvert the will of the people.
Mr. Kenyatta, who was accompanied by Deputy President William Ruto, spoke as he formally received to Jubilee Paul Otuoma, the former MP who lost in the Busia gubernatorial election and other opposition leaders from the county.
Mr. Ruto said the opposition was not ready for elections because it has already sensed defeat. He accused Mr. Odinga of plotting to cause chaos to get into power through the backdoor.
“They have resorted to engaging in 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,” he said.
Mr. Odinga has been on record as having dismissed as baseless claims by Jubilee that he is looking for ways to be incorporated in government saying that he won the election and will still beat Uhuru Kenyatta in the repeat election. He says the playing ground must be level to facilitate a free, fair and transparent election.