Uhuru issues stern warning on poll violence

President says his administration will not tolerate lawlessness and disruption of public order by politicians who may want to plunge the country into anarchy, again

President Uhuru Kenyatta Friday warned that the government will take stern action against those who will attempt to disrupt the fresh presidential election scheduled for Thursday next week.

Speaking when he led the nation in marking the 53rd Mashujaa Day celebrations at Uhuru Park in Nairobi, Uhuru assured that his administration will protect Kenyans before, during and after the poll.

His remarks come on the backdrop of plans by the opposition National Super Alliance (Nasa) to hold massive countrywide demonstrations against the electoral commission on the election day. But the Head of State said his administration will not tolerate lawlessness and disruption of public order by politicians who may want to plunge the country into violence.

“We vowed never to repeat the regrettable events that almost sunk us during the 2007/08 post-election violence. We must, therefore, wake up and say no to any misleading person out to plunge Kenya into chaos.

Kenyans have the choice and means of resisting such leaders and their evil schemes, and should do it now,” he said. He said he was cognisant of the decision by some electorate to boycott the election but would not allow them to interfere with the voting process.

He lashed out at the Opposition for advising their supporters against participating in the election, arguing it is against the democratic principles. “Your vote will be your contribution to the dream of our forefathers for a peaceful and prosperous Kenya.

True Kenyan heroes will cast their votes on Thursday. This is the only way we can make Kenya great and guarantee a great future for our children,” he said. President Uhuru said his administration has made sufficient security arrangements to protect the lives and property of Kenyans.

He said voting for leaders of the people’s choice is a right that was hard won by the country’s forefathers, and should be guarded jealously. “Those who want to vote have a right to do so, those who wish to stay away also have a right,” he said.

The President called on Kenyans to exercise their democratic right on October 26 to defend their inalienable right to vote for the leader of their choice. The Head of State said the Government is ready to counter any threats to national security during and after the October 26 election. He said the security apparatus has been enhanced and appropriately deployed to maintain law and order.

“The law will apply equally to all regardless of social class, political position and no one will be spared. For those who thrive in chaos and relish anarchy, your days are numbered; the law will take its course and sanction you accordingly,” he said.

He said Kenyans chose to remain peaceful, allowing democracy to prevail despite all forms of incitement targeted at the majority. The President warned Opposition leaders against the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC).

“To those threatening and intimidating the IEBC, its staff and other entities, this must cease forthwith. We must trust, nurture and safeguard our institutions to enable them to grow and perform their functions,” he said.

He urged Kenyans to vote for him so that his government can continue with its transformational development projects. He said his administration’s track record during its first four years are visible for all, adding that the Jubilee government has set higher targets for the next five years.

Chief Justice David Maraga who nullified President Uhuru’s victory in the August 8 General Election and his deputy Phelomena Mwilu were present. It was the first time the duo attended a State function presided over by the President, who had taken a swipe at the judges of the country’s apex court for voiding his win.

Uhuru announced that the government will soon set up a Heroes Council to help identify and craft solutions to issues of welfare and support to our heroes and heroines.

The Head of State also celebrated heroes including Mary Mokaya, who two months ago, at the cost of her life, saved fellow students from the Moi Girls’ fire. “May God rest her soul and that of her colleagues, in eternal peace.

And may her name and her example of selflessness, be a shining example to us all,” said the President. Deputy President William Ruto said the right to choose leaders is a right that cannot be taken away from Kenyans. “We go to the ballot next week to defend our right to choose and respect the will of the people,” said the DP.

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