We Won't Let You Become A Dictator- Raila To Ruto
Speaking on Thursday, November 24, Raila cautioned Kenyans against allowing the Head of State to regress the country to the Nyayo regime
Former Prime Minister, Raila Odinga, has promised to do everything to stop President William Ruto from imposing a dictatorial rule on the country.
Speaking on Thursday, November 24, Raila cautioned Kenyans against allowing the Head of State to regress the country to the Nyayo regime.
"Kenyans are being turned into passive bystanders in the affairs with grave implications for our community, our stability and governance as a nation. This kind of impunity, selective injustice and capture of institutions will have grave consequences.
"We are here to sound a warning. No one should lie to this regime that we will sit back and watch a return of the Nyayo regime by another name," he said.
Raila Odinga and Kalonzo Musyoka in Parliament for the hearing of petitions seeking the removal from office of Juliana Cherera and three other IEBC commissioners on November 24, 2022. /VIRALTEAKE
He spoke after he attended hearings on the ouster of the four dissenting Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commissioners (IEBC), urging them to reject the summons from the Justice and Legal Affairs Committee (JLAC).
He said that the petition to kick out the quartet did not warrant any sufficient grounds to warrant their ouster, arguing that the process was unconstitutional and an act of revenge by the ruling coalition against Vice Chairperson Juliana Cherera and the three other commissioners for trying to scuttle the August 9 polls.
"This probe is politically motivated, it is a continuation of the witch-hunt mission that Ruto is on. We advise the commissioners to boycott it in the interest of constitutionalism and rule of law," he added.
Reiterating her previous sentiments, NARC Kenya Party Leader Martha Karua stated that she will commit to ensuring that she will not drop her guard against any scent of a dictatorial system of governance that was common during the late Kenya's second President Daniel Arap Moi's rule.
"We will not tire to remind Kenyans that if we drop our vigilance, we are in for a ruthless dictator than we have ever seen and that has not been witnessed in this region," Karua expressed.
Also present in the presser was Wiper Party Leader Kalonzo Musyoka.
During the proceedings, Azimio la Umoja MPs had earlier caused chaos before the National Assembly's Justice and Legal Affairs Committee (JLAC) whereby Suna East MP Junet Mohamed raised preliminary objections noting that it was illegal for the committee to discuss a matter that was already in court.
Lawyer Danstan Omari- who is representing Cherera and the trio, raised legal issues of the proceedings, calling upon JLAC not to set up a tribunal to throw her out as she is expected to take over from IEBC chairperson, Wafula Chebukati.