President Uhuru Kenyatta has said that he will only engage in dialogue with Raila Odinga after Thursday’s repeat presidential election.
The president, while addressing all Mount Kenya FM stations at State House Nairobi on Monday morning, said neither him nor Odinga could decide for 45 million Kenyans.
“The Constitution has vested all power in the people and it is the people to decide the direction the country will take by voting on Thursday,” he said.
“I can listen to whatever he wants after the elections.”
While ruling out talks with the NASA leader, Uhuru accused Raila of being a troublemaker after the talks that brought him into Kibaki’s government after the 2007 election.
“Before the 2007 elections, President Kibaki had steered the country to a seven per cent digit growth. When he disputed Kibaki’s election and there was violence, our country plunged to zero growth,” he said.
“After the talks that brought him into government, he gave Kibaki trouble throughout. Had Kibaki been allowed to continue with his agenda after the 2007 election, I am sure he would have driven the country to a 10 percent growth.”
The Head of State also addressed security fears of those who want to vote on Thursday saying there will be adequate security at polling stations.
“We respect the right of those who do not wish to participate in the election,” he said.
“They should also respect the wishes of those who want to vote by not interfering with the voting exercise.”
Uhuru noted that he had been informed that some residents of Kayole, in Embakasi East, had been threatened with violence.
“I do not want to name the area MP (Babu Owino) but let him try what he is planning and he will know there are men in this country,” said the president.
“He can insult me all he wants; I have no problem with that. He should not try to instigate violence on the people.”
In his address, which was simultaneously broadcast live on all the stations, Uhuru said he will sign into law the Election Laws (Amendment) Bill. This is expected before the Thursday poll.