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November 20, 2017

Be a dictator to save Kenya, Jubilee vice chair David Murathe advises Uhuru

Jubilee Party vice chairman David Murathe during a past press conference in Nairobi. /FILE
Jubilee Party vice chairman David Murathe during a past press conference in Nairobi. /FILE

Jubilee vice chairperson David Murathe has insinuated that President Uhuru Kenyatta should be a dictator "to save Kenya"."What this country needs now is a benevolent dictator. People have been too soft so that things have gone rogue," he said during a Friday interview on KTN.

Murathe said countries like Rwanda, headed by President Paul Kagame and Uganda (Yoweri Museveni) are too stable because of the leadership style employed by the presidents.

On Tuesday, Ugandan MPs came to blows in rage over the proposed changes to the Constitution to remove the presidential age limit currently set at 75.

This would make Museveni, 73, ineligible to stand in the 2021 election.

The move has been met with widespread opposition from civic rights activists, the political opposition, religious leaders and even some members of Museveni's own ruling party.

See: [VIDEO] Ugandan MPs in round two of fights over presidential age limit

Murathe said Kenya should borrow a leaf from such states adding that the situation where people demands without considering issues at hand is untenable.

"In Kenya, people just wake up and make pronouncement to the effect that if you do not do this, or if you don't it my way there is no election..who are you to say that?" Murathe asked.

This followed NASA demands that IEBC initiates reforms of its system.

The coalition, in a letter to chairman Wafula Chebukati, set pre-conditions necessary for a free, fair, credible and accountable election.

Kenyans are set to go for a fresh election pitting Jubilee's Uhuru Kenyatta and NASA' Raila Odinga on October 26.

This followed the historic Supreme Court judgement that invalidated Uhuru's victory.

Raila has maintained that he is ready for the election but will only participate if the irreducible minimums to the IEBC are met.

In opposition to the situation, Murathe took a swipe at the Opposition saying:  "I think we have to be careful with where we are going with this."

In a quick rejoinder, NASA chief executive officer Norman Magaya told off the Jubilee vice chairman saying they will not accept dictatorship.

"We will defeat you David and you will not introduce dictatorship in Kenya. You better tell this to your man (Uhuru)," he said.

Magaya said the NASA leadership will not be intimidated by Jubilee threats.

"...we will not take threats and you will not intimidate us...we will have an election that conforms to the Constitution, not an election that pleases Uhuru and DP William Ruto," he said.

IEBC talks with stakeholders collapsed on Thursday after NASA representatives walked out of the meeting.

Siaya Senator James Orengo said the Jubilee party has come up with a proposed Bill they cannot accept.

The Bill states that the results of the next presidential election will be determined by what is transmitted manually.

It seeks to amend the IEBC Act, the Election Act and the Elections Offences Act by giving manually transmitted results more clout than the electronically transmitted ones.

More on this: MPs push for manual results to trump electronic in president race

"The rules of the game should be agreed by all players. They should be fair and justifiable. Jubilee Party is arrogant," Orengo said.

Civil society groups in support of the reforms on Friday said Jubilee must not be allowed to use parliamentary privileges to change the rules of the game halfway.

Kura Yangu Sauti Yangu's Njonjo Mue said they will not accept amendments to the electoral law adding that the election must be held as directed by the Supreme Court.

"The October 26 election is a continuation of August 8. We cannot change the laws midway," he told journalists in Nairobi.

Read: IEBC talks collapse as NASA protests 'drastic' Election Bill

More on this: NASA, Jubilee meet IEBC at Bomas ahead of polls

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