The Law is clear on disbanding the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC), President Uhuru Kenyatta has said.
He asked the opposition to follow the law if they genuinely wanted to reform the country electoral body, “I have no powers to disband IEBC.”
President Kenyatta reminded the opposition that the Constitution –which they participated in its passage – clearly sets out the procedures to be followed if one wanted to disband IEBC, pointing out that demonstrations and breaking the law will not help in any way.
“I took an oath to defend the Constitution and will not break the law nor allow others to do so. We cannot agree to do that which is against the law and our Constitution just to please a few individuals,” President Kenyatta said.
The President spoke at Elwak, Wargadud and Rhamu towns in Mandera County after launching development projects at the start of his three-day visit to the North Eastern region.
He said the country will not progress and achieve its development aspiration if the law is not respected, adding that nobody is above the law.
The Head of State urged the opposition to exercise mature and issue-based politics instead of using illegal means to attract undue attention.
On unity, President Kenyatta emphasized his determination to unite the country through formation of the Jubilee party.
“We are keen to see the country is united and that is why we want to form one party – the Jubilee Party – that will bring all Kenyans together,” President Kenyatta said.
Speaking during the visit, Deputy President William Ruto said the Jubilee Government was ready for constructive talks on national issues but it will not participate in using illegal means to disband the IEBC.
“We are ready to work with all leaders in uniting the country but will not tolerate violence and any attempts to disregarding the Constitution,” Deputy President Ruto said.
The Deputy President emphasized that there are more civilized ways of resolving any issue concerning the IEBC instead of engaging in demonstration and destruction of property.
“There are legal, constitutional and progressive ways of addressing issues without violence and shedding blood through demonstration,’ the Deputy President said.
On their part, residents of the three towns led by their leaders assured the President and his deputy of their support. By a show of hand, they condemned the demonstrations by the opposition, saying they are not adding any value to the country’s economic growth.