President Uhuru Kenyatta yesterday remained confident he will win the fresh election ordered by the Supreme Court, saying though he disagreed with the majority decision, he respects it.
Addressing the nation from State House, Nairobi, President Uhuru said the will of the people of 45 million Kenyans cannot be decided by six people, in reference to the six judges who ruled in the petition.
“Five or six people cannot decide the fate of 45 million people. Kenyans will decide because this is the nature of democracy,” he said. He called on Kenyans to abide by the rule of law and maintain peace.
“Your neighbour will always remain your neighbour irregardless…,” said the President, who was accompanied by his deputy William Ruto.
“We ask every Kenyan wherever they may be to maintain peace. We are not at w*r with our brothers and sisters in the opposition,” said the president.
“Wenzetu tafadhali, wacheni ukabila, wacheni utengano. Tuuze sera zetu, Wakenya waamue (Let us not be tribal, let us not be divided. Let us sell our policies so that Kenyans can decide),” he added.
Uhuru affirmed that they were ready to go back to the people to sell the same policies they had before the August 8 election and asked the opposition to do the same instead of resorting to the tribal card.
Later, the President went to Burma market near City Stadium for a chama choma bite before addressing his supporters, urging them to remain calm and shun tribalism. He once again hit at Chief Justice David Maraga, who led three other judges in voiding his win.
“Unajua hapo awali nilikuwa Rais mtarajiwa. Lakini sasa Maraga na watu wake wamesema hii ipotee. Sasa, Maraga na hao wakora wake wajue mimi ni Rais aliyekalia kiti ( You know previously I was President-elect but now Maraga and his people have voided it. Now, Maraga and his crooks should know I am the incumbent,” he said.
After addressing his supporters, Uhuru, who was accompanied by Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko and Senate Majority Leader Kipchumba Murkomen, passed through various Nairobi streets waving to wananchi.
As his motorcade and outriders snaked through Landhies Road and Haile Sellassie Avenue, Jubilee supporters escorted him amid song and ululation, a clear sign that the campaign mode has kicked in.