He said Kenyans are gearing up to vote for their choice of president on Oct.
17 and the marks they will place on the ballot papers will represent far more
than the desires of politicians.
Kenyatta cautioned that the choice Kenyans make must never again be
sacrificed on claims revolving around issues that have nothing to do with the
choices of the people.
"It must be understood that, marked ballot represents more than technology,
more than computers systems, or even where it was printed," he told the
lawmakers in an event which was boycotted by the Opposition and Judiciary.
On Monday, Kenyatta warned that even if Odinga is elected in Oct. 17 polls,
his Jubilee Party would impeach him in three months.
"Today even if Raila is elected, how will he govern this country?
"What is he going to do?
"He does not have majority in parliament," Kenyatta told supporters in
Nairobi on Monday.
He noted that his Jubilee Party controls both the National Assembly and the
Senate and will easily oust Raila and even change the Constitution without
consulting the opposition.
"In the National Assembly, we are only 13 members shy of a two-thirds
majority, meaning we can even change the Constitution without a single member of
"We don’t need them," he said.
But in a quick rejoinder, NASA leaders branded Kenyatta’s remarks as reckless
"What charges does President Uhuru wants to bring against Odinga?
"Those remarks are reckless speculation inconsistent with the conduct of the
president of a country," NASA co-principal Moses Wetang’ula said on behalf of
"I can assure you, Kenyatta, that Odinga is not going to commit any crime ...
"He is not going to violate the constitution ...
"He is not going to condone corruption," Wetang’ula said.
NASA legislators boycotted the Tuesday’s parliamentary session, calling
Kenyatta a "lame duck" president who should not be presiding over such
Kenyatta’s Jubilee Party and its affiliates has 213 seats out of 349 in the
National Assembly and has 38 out of 67 senators, which means it controls both
Both Kenyatta and Odinga have accused each other of entrenching divisive and
tribal politics as fresh polls loom, with the leaders seemingly casting away
their campaign promises and engaging in bare-knuckle politics.
Supporters of the two leaders, both legislators and the ordinary Kenyan on
the street and on social media, are equally torn apart as they fight for them.
"Open the electoral commission server for scrutiny.
"Do not ask what we expect to find when we open up the server, let us open it
and see," said Agnes Zani, a NASA Senator in a discussion on the divisive
subject that contributed to the annulment of polls.
"NASA was not ready for the election, they tried every trick in the book to
steal the polls but failed," countered Senator Kimani wa Matangi, who is allied
to Jubilee as he dismissed the opening of the server.
A legislator from Jubilee and a former senator allied to NASA who were
arrested Monday in Nairobi are set to be charged in court for hate speech.
On Social media, divisions among supporters of both Kenyatta and Odinga are
as clear as day and night, with each side coming up with hashtags and propaganda
to malign the other.
"The electoral commission is not an independent institution, neither is it a
commission, I think it’s one of the parties which folded up to form jubilee,"
said Joel, a NASA supporter tweeting under the tag IEBC party talks.
"So NASA walked out of the meeting with electoral commission because Kenyatta
was not there.
"Get serious, you cannot expect the president to attend such meetings.
"He has to run the country," said Njosh, a Jubilee supporter.
Henry Wandera, an economics lecturer in Nairobi, noted that the current
divisions are not good for the progress of the country.
"With these divisions, talks of secession are gathering momentum as some
people believe they do not belong in Kenya while others feel more entitled.
"It is a sign of pulling apart which are grounds for sowing seeds of discord.
"Whoever wins polls must unite the country and that who loses should held in
bringing people together," he said.