I am ready for the repeat presidential election only if you will drop the proposed amendments on the election laws, National Super Alliance (NASA) presidential candidate Raila has told President Uhuru.
Speaking on on Friday, the former Prime Minister described the two bills the Jubilee Party has tabled in the National Assembly as “retrogressive” and asked President Uhuru to stop debate on Elections Act (Amendment) Bill 2017 and Election Offences (Amendment) Bill 2017.
Raila termed the attempt by the ruling party as a scheme to water down the Constitution and take the country back to the dark days. “We don’t want someone who changes the rules in the middle of the game. There is no need to change the goalposts when the Supreme Court has already implicated the IEBC,” said Raila.
Speaking after holding a meeting with religious leaders at the All Saints Cathedral in Nairobi, the ODM leader said the proposed law was an act of “extreme provocation”, which was unacceptable. He dispelled claims that he was power hungry following his plan to stage nationwide demos. “I won the elections in 2007 and in 2013 but compromised for the sake of the country. Even when Kreigler came in 2007, he opined that he was not coming to ask whether I won or not. I am not someone who is power hungry,” he said.
Earlier, Raila held discussions with the US Ambassador to Kenya Robert Godec and European Union chief election observer mission to Kenya Ms Marietje Schaake over the current political situation in the country.