President Uhuru Kenyatta has told his nemesis Raila Odinga that the only way to win the Presidency is by ballot and not through the back door.
Speaking in Kakamega County on Saturday where he met about 20,000 Western Kenya opinion leaders, the Head of State said that the attempts by the National Super Alliance leader to have a grand coalition government will crumble, adding that October 26th election will go on as planned.
“There is no other route to the presidency except through the ballot box,” President Kenyatta reminded the Opposition leader.
The President further defended the proposed amendment on electoral laws, arguing that they will enhance transparency in the repeat poll and in the future elections.
“The changes will entrench transparency in the electoral process and guarantee free, fair and credible elections,” President Kenyatta said as he told Opposition leader Raila Odinga to stop interfering with the October 26 fresh election in the hope getting powers through the back door.
On his part, Deputy President William Ruto accused the opposition of dividing Kenyans on ethnic grounds, instead of focusing on agenda that can unite the people.
“The opposition should focus on issue based politics instead of concentrating on tribal based politics to achieve their selfish agenda,” said Ruto.
He asked the Western Kenya leaders to rally behind Jubilee and President Uhuru as he seeks a second term in office.
“With open arms, we have come here to tell you that we are ready to work with you. The outdated politics of tribalism has no place in the Kenya of today,"
A host of former Opposition lieutenants led by Paul Otuoma, Ababu Namwamba, Alfred Khangati and Moses Akaranga urged the community to abandon the opposition for Jubilee.
The meeting brought together leaders from Western Kenya counties of Kakamega, Busia, Bungoma and Vihiga.