President Uhuru Kenyatta has been compelled to respond following a series of demonstrations in Kisii and Nyamira counties over his comments directed at Chief Justice David Maraga.
Speaking on Tuesday, September 5, while meeting leaders from Western Kenya at State House, Uhuru, in a reconciliation tone said that he does not have any problem with the Abagusii people.
He said he was only expressing his displeasure at the Supreme Court ruling which nullified his win on August 8.
“We have no problem with the people of Kisii and Nyamira. We disagree with the ruling of the court, not the community,” Uhuru said.
He instead chose to heap blame on his rival Raila Odinga who he said is fanning ethnic division in the country.
Uhuru said Raila's visit to Kisii and Nyamira counties is aimed at exploiting his (Uhuru) comments on Maraga and the other Supreme Court judges.
“Raila Odinga thrives in tribal division. The only thing he has done is to agitate against different communities,” he added.
His sentiments come a day of leaders in the two counties led their supporters to protest in streets demanding respect for the chief justice.
Maraga hails from Nyamira county and the jibe by Uhuru at him seems to have rattled the community.
On Friday, September 1, the same day that the Supreme Court nullified Uhuru's win, the president visited Burma Market along Jogoo Road in Nairobi where he labelled Maraga and his team 'wakora' (thugs).
He said he does not agree with the ruling but accepted the directive to brace for another election within 60 days.
On his visit to the counties, Raila indeed did not flinch from touching on the issue, telling residents that the president was not sober when he attacked the judges.
Raila said Uhuru's attacks are unwarranted and urged residents to reject him when fresh elections will be held on Tuesday, October 17.