What President Uhuru Kenyatta Told NASA Leader Raila Odinga During Shebesh Father's Burial

  • President Uhuru Kenyatta on Friday urged National Super Alliance (NASA) leader Raila Odinga to learn to respect the will of Kenyans.

    Addressing the funeral of former Nairobi Mayor Samuel Mbugua, he asked Mr Odinga to respect the Kenyans' decision like he did to the Supreme Court ruling nullifying his win.

    “Let us go back to the ballot and let the citizens decide. Raila said Uhuru should respect old men and I respect old men but l tell him to respect the decision of Kenyans,” he stated.

    Speaking two days after Supreme Court gave its full verdict on the presidential petition, President Kenyatta said the judges failed to cite any credible reason for the monumental decision.

    He assured that Kenyans were ready to go back to the ballot to make their decision known again, in the election scheduled for October 26.

    The President, who spoke in the presence of Mr Odinga, added that majority of Kenyans disagreed with the decision of the judges who nullified his victory, but accepted it because they are law abiding.

    President Kenyatta also urged Kenyans to remain united and to reject tribalism in order to make progress.

    Other leaders who addressed the mourners included Mbugua’s daughter, Rachel Shebesh, who is the former Nairobi Women Representative, Kiambu Governor Ferdinand Waititu, Kirinyaga's Anne Waiguru, Joyce Laboso of Bomet and Nairobi Senator Johnson Sakaja.

    The three governors said President Kenyatta’s supporters would maintain peace, urging the NASA leader to preach peace to his followers as the country heads to the repeat polls.

    “We are peaceful people and we urge you and your followers to be peaceful,” indicated Governor Waiguru.

    On his part, Mr Waititu urged the former Prime Minister to abide by what he preaches and respect the Constitution which says that there is nothing greater than the will of the people.

    After the funeral, President Kenyatta toured several areas of Kiambu where he claimed that the Opposition leader was misguided, leading to constant demands and shifting of goalposts that delivered no benefit to the Kenyan people.

    He urged residents to be ready to turn out in large numbers and vote for him again on October 26 and called on Kenyans to continue maintaining peace and to reject any attempt to create tension.

     

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