6 June 2014

Kenya: President Tells Opposition to Follow the Law If They Have Issues With IEBC, Devolution

Nairobi — President Uhuru Kenyatta today said that the opposition should take advantage of Constitutional provisions to address issues instead of creating political tensions.

The President said the Constitution has laid down provisions to deal with issues which were raised by the opposition, which has been asking for national dialogue.

"According to the Constitution, those things are supposed to be discussed in Parliament. Why do I need to go to the streets to talk about devolution when the Senate is there? We can talk about how to produce more, how to be more civilized. The rest should go to Parliament," he said.

He added that he was "more than ready to engage in dialogue with anybody" as long as it is about how to improve productivity for the benefit of Kenyans.

"I look forward and I welcome any dialogue with anybody but only on matters that move this country forward. I need to be clear on that," he said.

The President spoke during the second Kenya Private Sector Alliance (KEPSA) Presidential Roundtable meeting at State House, Nairobi today.

He said the Government has been engaging in dialogue with various organizations and individuals to improve the economy of the country and many other issues.

"As a Government, from last year we have engaged UN, KEPSA, religious organizations but the agenda was to talk about productivity, this is not an issue that concerns Jubilee or Cord, it concerns all of us," he said.

President Kenyatta said he was at the forefront to look for ideas on how lives of Kenyans can be improved and create a national cohesive society.

The President censured opposition leaders who claim there is a crisis in the country when in actual sense they are targeting institutions they are unhappy with.

"When someone stands there and says national dialogue is to come and talk to me about IEBC. IEBC did what they did, you went to court, and the courts did what they did. If you have an issue with IEBC, why do you want to talk to me about it, go to Bunge(Parliament)," he said.

The President said provisions for dealing with IEBC were clearly set out in the Constitution and the opposition was misguided in going to the streets instead of the floor of Parliament.

President Kenyatta said the opposition was also wrong on the devolution and there was no reason for them to create political tension.

"If you want to discuss devolution there are institutions created by the constitution. The Senate is right there. Their sole job is to discuss issues pertaining to devolution," he said.

The President clarified that the Government was ahead of schedule in terms of implementation of devolution and anyone with concerns should raise it in Parliament.

He said that election politics should never be allowed to disrupt economic growth in Kenya.

"No one is keener than me to see a situation where we can create an environment where elections can be held without necessarily causing any kind of break in economic activity" he said.


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