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December 15, 2018

We don't care about your fights and sideshows, Uhuru tells IEBC

Jubilee supporters in Naivasha during the campaign tour by President Uhuru Kenyatta and DP William Ruto on Friday, September 8, 2017. /GEORGE MURAGE
Jubilee supporters in Naivasha during the campaign tour by President Uhuru Kenyatta and DP William Ruto on Friday, September 8, 2017. /GEORGE MURAGE

President Uhuru Kenyatta has called on IEBC commissioners to prepare for the coming elections instead of their in-fighting and sideshows.

He called on the commissioners to put their house in order amid reports of a fallout noting that Jubilee was not concerned with the squabbles.

This emerged on Friday when Uhuru and DP William Ruto held several campaigns rallies in Gilgil, Naivasha, Kinungi and Fly Over trading centers.

During the rallies, the president and the DP said: "This will be the last election we shall be holding."

Uhuru challenged IEBC to make sure the necessary measures for a free, fair and transparent poll is in place ahead of the October 17 vote.

"We are not interested in the in-house fights by IEBC commissioners. They have to prepare for the elections which will be the last for the next five years."

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The head of state hit at NASA presidential flag bearer Raila Odinga saying that he should stop issuing reckless statements and threats.

"If Raila doesn't want any elections, he should say so instead of issuing threats and conditions to independent bodies," he said amid cheers from residents.

Uhuru reiterated that he won the August 8 elections by a wide margin adding that he is still in pain trying to understand why the Supreme Court nullified the win.

He further called on Naivasha residents to maintain peace and to turn up in large number to vote him back to the office.

On national exams, Uhuru told Raila that he has no powers to cancel or postpone the tests.

"The exams for our children will go on as planned and come next year, the Jubilee government will be offering free primary and secondary education."

For his part, Ruto exuded the confidence that Jubilee will beat NASA hands down when the rerun will be held.

He accused the opposition leader of using the court to take power through the back door.

"He will be ashamed. I urge all Jubilee supporters to come out in large numbers so that we can shame Raila and the Supreme Court," the DP said.

Nakuru Governor Lee Kinyanjui, Senator Susan Kihaki, Eldoret Governor Jackson Mandago, Senator Kipchumba Murkomen, and Murang'a woman rep Sabina Chege were present.

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