Uhuru, Raila pledge to respect voters’ as they share platform
President Uhuru Kenyatta and National Super Alliance leader Raila Odinga on Friday shared a platform at the burial of former Nairobi Mayor Samuel Mbugua, the father of ex-Nairobi Woman Representative Rachael Shebesh.
During the burial at Mbugua’s rural home in Kiambu, President Kenyatta reiterated that he had accepted the verdict of the Supreme Court nullifying his re-election urging his opponent to accept defeat should he lose in the fresh presidential election scheduled for October 26.
“Let us go back to the ballot and let the citizens decide. Raila said I should respect old men and I respect old men but l tell him to respect the decision of Kenyans,” he said during the burial which marked the first time they were meeting with Odinga in public since last month’s poll.
When he rose to speak, Odinga called for peace saying Kenyans must remain united regardless of political persuasions.
“This country if we embrace tolerance. We lost in court last time (2013) and we move on and I am sure this time too we will be able to resolve these issues,” he said.
He jokingly referred to President Kenyatta as his younger brother assuring mourners that they are not enemies.
“Whether it is my brother Uhuru who wins or myself I will respect the will of the people and I know he will do the same if I win,” Odinga remarked.
Other leaders who spoke at the funeral included Kiambu Governor Ferdinand Waititu, Kirinyaga Governor Anne Waiguru, Bomet Governor Joyce Laboso and Nairobi Senator Johnson Sakaja.
The three governors said President Kenyatta’s supporters will maintain peace and they urged Odinga 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,” said Governor Waiguru.
Governor Waititu said the former Prime Minister should abide by what he preaches and should therefore respect the Constitution which says that there is nothing greater than the will of the people.