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February 22, 2018

I was pained by ruling, not Kisiis, says Uhuru

President Uhuru Kenyatta addresses a delegation from Kisii and Nyamira at State House, Nakuru, yesterday / PSCU
President Uhuru Kenyatta addresses a delegation from Kisii and Nyamira at State House, Nakuru, yesterday / PSCU

President Uhuru Kenyatta yesterday accused the opposition of blowing his attacks on the Supreme Court out of proportion.

He said his remarks — he called four justices wakora (thugs) — did not mean he resented the Kisii community, but that he disagreed with the Supreme Court ruling that nullified his win.

Chief Justice David Maraga is a Kisii.

Uhuru addressed a delegation of leaders and professionals from the Gusii community. “We do not have any problem with the people of Kisii and Nyamira. We disagreed with the ruling of the court, not the community,” he said.

“I won and didn’t expect the court to make such a ruling. This is why it pained me.”

Uhuru attacked the Supreme Court and its judges, led by Maraga, following the nullification of his August 8 reelection.

The President commended residents, saying they did not vote along tribal lines. “We are proud with our party, because its all-inclusive,” Uhuru said.

He asked politicians to avoid divisive politics.

“We don’t want bloodshed. Let all Kenyans be united. I beg the entire Gusii community to vote for me next month. I will come to Kisii and Nyamira to ask the community to vote for me,” the President said.

The move was seen as a way to pacify area leaders and urged them to support Jubilee. Uhuru used the event to woo voters from the community after a section of Kisii leaders condemned his remarks on the Supreme Court’s 4-2 ruling.

Deputy President William Ruto said the government has done a lot for Kisii and Nyamira counties.

Education CS Fred Matiang’i said, “We don’t want to be left behind. Let’s tell our people the truth. We have the numbers and we can ask for a bigger share for 2022.”

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