President Uhuru Kenyatta has defended himself on the rant on Chief Justice David Maraga and the Supreme Court after the annulment of his August 8th election victory.
In a bid to downplay the narrative by opposition leader Raila Odinga that his criticism of Chief Justice David Maraga was an attack on his community, the Head of State said he is human and his rant on the CJ was a result of anger on his 'snatched victory'.
Speaking when meeting a delegation of more than 15,000 members of the Abagusii community at State House in Nakuru, Uhuru assured that he has nothing against the community.
The President confessed that verdict by the four Supreme Court judges to nullify his presidential election win was the most painful moment of his life.
“It was painful for me to accept the decision. I’m a human being and I was angry at Maraga and the Supreme Court, not the Abagusii community as my political competitor would want you to believe,” said the President, who maintained that he accepted the court’s decision but would never agree with the judges.
“Had I not come out and attacked the Supreme Court ruling and defended my win; had I kept quiet, people would have thought I was part of the alleged rigging of the elections,” he said.
“Just imagine a thief is caught with your cow and then the court rules that the police did not record the crime – so the cow cannot be yours,” he added.
“I know I won the election. It was painful when the court nullified my win. But I am ready for the re-run and I want you people to vote for me,” said the President.
He took a swipe at Nasa leader Raila Odinga for what he termed as “trying to drive a wedge between me and the community by claiming my attack against the Supreme Court was a direct affront on Justice Maraga because he comes from the Abagusii community”.
“Our competitors went all the way to Kisii and Nyamira counties to sell their tribal agenda to you that I was against Mr Maraga because he is Kisii. No! That is not the truth. He (Raila) thrives on ethnic politics. Let me be honest with you, I have no problem with the Abagusii people but I have an issue with Maraga’s ruling,” he said.