President Uhuru Kenyatta has told CORD leader Raila Odinga to accept the results should his side lose the August elections.
Addressing the press in Nyeri on Sunday, President Kenyatta said that he is ready to relinquish power should he lose the August elections, urging Raila and other Opposition leaders to do the same.
It is still unclear who between ODM leader Raila Odinga, Kalonzo Musyoka (Wiper), Moses Wetangula (Ford Kenya) and Musalia Mudavadi (Amani National Congress) will be the Opposition flag bearer in the presidential elections as talks of approaching the elections under one Opposition force continue.
President Uhuru Kenyatta’s statement comes at the backdrop of incessant calls from the Opposition leaders for free and fair elections.
In his speech at the Opposition aspirants meeting a fortnight ago, Kalonzo said that they are not ready for another rigged elections, saying they will only accept free and fair elections.
“I would like to assure our supporters that we will not go to the Supreme Court again over stolen elections. We will not accept rigged elections,” said Kalonzo without specifying what action they intend to take should they suspect that the elections were rigged.
His pronouncement is analogous to Raila Odinga’s past proclamation that they would not go back to their supporters to complain over rigged elections again.
Already, the Opposition has claimed that there is a plot by Jubilee government to rig the elections by adopting the Elections Law which allows for the use of manual backup should electronic systems fail.
CORD’s point of contention is the fact that the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) will be allowed to manually verify voters and transmit elections results, which they say will create an avenue for them to include “non-existing voters” in the register and manipulate August elections results.
The Opposition leaders have also called for a fresh audit of the existing voter register to clear of names of “dead voters”, though opposing IEBC’s move to award KPMG the tender to clean the register, saying they have no experience in the field.
“In the 2013 elections, 2 million dead voters resurrected, voted for President Uhuru Kenyatta only, (ignoring others elective positions) before going back to their graves.
“We do not want a repeat of this in the August elections; and because we know these names are still in the register, we want it audited,” said Raila Odinga in a past interview with Citizen TV.
Calls for fresh audit of the register were further reverberated over the weekend after Kalonzo Musyoka and Raila Odinga found that several people in the IEBC system had been registered using their Identification numbers.
In the midst of all the cynicism and distrust, President Uhuru Kenyatta has assured the country that the August elections will be free and fair.