A lobby group known as “Friends of Uhuru” has said that Kenyans should be prepared to go to an election on 26th October despite the tension that is building up in the country.
In a press conference in Nyamira County, the group’s leader Dennis Wendo said that the court directions were clear during the verdict that the fresh elections must be held within 60 days.
“We are all aware of the current situation prevailing in the country as a result of August 8th Presidential election nullification by the Supreme Court. The verdict of the Supreme Court was clear and as a result IEBC went to task, setting and preparing for a repeat of the presidential election set for 26th August, 2017 in accordance with the law,” said Wendo.
Wendo said that irrespective of the constrained timeframe occasioned by Court legal interpretations, IEBC strived and listened to key issues from both stakeholders and competing sides for purposes of ensuring free, Fair and credible elections.
Brian Mamboleo, Jubilee youth professionals chairman in Nyamira County noted that there is great fall in economy in the country and that keeping this country on political state all the time could worsen the situation.
“As youthful leaders from Abagusii Community, we are perturbed with the unfolding events currently being witnessed in our Country. We have been in an electioneering mood for a while and our stand is that IEBC move forward and conduct elections as ordered by the Supreme Court,” said Mamboleo.
He also said the Anti-IEBC Demos orchestrated by top leadership of the NASA coalition was painting the Nation negatively.
“National exams are set to start in due course, the destruction of property and hooliganism witnessed is not good for our children, brothers or sisters preparing for the exams.” added Mamboleo.
The team condemned the ongoing demos which they said leaders are misusing youths for personal interest.
The young leaders said that they are not ready to go 2007/08 way and therefore urged the youth across the divide to shun barbaric leaders that want to shed blood.
The Press conference comes at a time when the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) staff Roselyne Akombe resigned from her job, eight days before October 26 date saying the IEBC as currently constituted cannot meet the basic expectations of free, fair and credible election.
In a press conference held Wednesday afternoon at the Bomas of Kenya, IEBC Chairman Wafula Chebukati said he cannot guarantee the credibility of October 26 repeat presidential election due to a divided commission.
He however said he will soldier on and vowed not to resign as Commissioner Akombe.