Despite President Uhuru Kenyatta ruling out any possibilities of holding dialogue with NASA leader Raila Odinga, a section of leaders from Mt. Kenya think otherwise.
Politicians who lost in various seats during the August 8 polls under the Mt. Kenya caucus have said that dialogue between the two rivals is the only way out of the current stalemate.
Speaking on Sunday, the leaders maintained that dialogue will address the escalating legislative, judicial and public protests surrounding IEBC’s handling of the fresh presidential election.
“The worsening political tensions and the intransigence of IEBC and a section of the leadership is creating an atmosphere of fear and despondency,” former Mukurweini MP Kabando wa Kabando said as indicated in their statement.
“This can be solved through direct engagement between [Uhuru and Raila] as competition isn’t enmity.”
They further denounced violence during anti-IEBC demonstrations and demanded that culprits be found and punished.
“We fear that destructive elements are inciting our security forces, the electoral agency itself and even other critical national leadership to cause havoc, violence and grandstanding that may break this country. This must stop.”
The statement was signed by Kabando, William Kabogo, Samuel Ragwa, Peter Mositet, Martha Karua, Kilemi Mwiria, Ndung’u Gethenji.
In a quick rejoinder, Kieni MP Kanini Kega lashed out at the group saying they have no mandate to express their sentiments.
He said failure to win elections means their opinion does not hold as they were not elected.
Uhuru reiterated that his NASA challenger is not interested in the rerun and is seeking options to get to power through negotiations.
Jubilee has accused Raila of trying to use foreigners in gaining power.