Leaders should tread carefully on repeat presidential election

Thursday September 7 2017

The date set for the repeat presidential election and some irregularities associated with past polls conducted by the IEBC leave many Kenyans, especially Nasa supporters, in a dilemma on what exactly to expect.

The question many voters are asking is: Will the October 17 election be free, fair and transparent?

The demand by National Super Alliance leader Raila Odinga to kick out the entire Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) is unrealistic.

The opposition coalition’s wish to have the poll conducted by the United Nations is difficult to realise.

The Constitution states that only the IEBC has the mandate to conduct elections in Kenya.

A sovereign country such as Kenya does not require the intervention of the UN to handle elections.

RECENT THREATS

On the other hand, recent threats by the Jubilee Party leader, President Uhuru Kenyatta, that the Supreme Court judges will be dealt with if he is re-elected are not warranted.

We should bear in mind that no one is above the law. Every arm of the Kenyan Government has a right to exercise its powers regarding the Constitution.

The current situation in the country demands restraint in speech, action and mindset, particularly on the part of our leaders.

The stability of any nation is guaranteed if all the arms of government are respected. At the same time, the fear of God should always prevail, just as Chief Justice David Maraga put it, when he handed down the judgment on the Nasa presidential election petition.

FREE AND FAIR POLLS

Nasa leaders accuse the IEBC of failing to conduct a free and fair presidential election. With Jubilee leaders having rejected some of the Nasa demands, we are likely to have more political confrontations.

Our leaders need to handle this issue carefully. They should have more commitment to nation building and not keep engaging in political battles.

SAMUEL MWANGOO, Taita-Taveta.

 

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The comment by Mr Odinga that children will not die if examinations are postponed is not only reckless but also demonstrates that he is out of touch with the people.

The remark came at a time when some parents were struggling to identify the charred remains of their daughters at the Chiromo Funeral Parlour after the Moi Girls School fire.

Referring to death when talking about the postponement of exams was akin to adding insult to injury for parents who are mourning their loved ones.

Kenyans are now aware that some leaders are not seeking leadership to serve the nation but to satisfy their ego. Insinuating that polls are more important than exams shows how politicians get priorities upside down.

The Nasa leader should apologise because the comment has bruised many parents. People get the impression that he is a father who does not care about children.

KAMICHORE MUTINDIRA, Nairobi.