Deputy President William Ruto allies have threatened to sue the Jubilee Government at the United Nations (UN) should the country postpone 2022 elections.
This is after the African Court last week published an opinion article advising African nations that will not be able to hold elections due to the COVID-19 crisis to consider postponement of elections; but only if there are national laws that allow for the postponement of a General Election.
But William Ruto allies led by Nyali MP Mohammed Ali and former Mombasa Senator Omar Hassan said that the United Democratic Alliance which William Ruto is hoping to use to run for the presidency in the 2022 General Election will not allow the election date to be changed in any way.
“We will oppose this and even write a letter to the UN Security Council stating that Kenya is not at war and that the government should put in place measures to ensure that elections are held as planned,” said Omar Hassan.
According to Omar, those pushing for the postponement of the elections have sensed defeat after they realized that they have already lost popularity and so they need more time to organize themselves.
“We will not sit back and watch the election postponed unconstitutionally. those who are pushing for it have known they have lost popularity in the grassroots and now want more time to prepare,” he added.
The two who were speaking to journalists in Mombasa last weekend after re-launching the UDA membership registration said that the country is not at war, the only precondition for postponement of the General Election in Kenya, hence there is no need to postpone 2022 elections.
According to the Kenyan Constitution 2010, the 2022 elections are supposed to be held on the second Tuesday of August every fifth year after another election and in this case, the next election falls on August 9, 2022.
Although IEBC chair Wafula Chebukati maintains that the 2022 General Election will be held on August 9, 2022, promoters of the BBI bill led by Central Organization for Trade Union (COTU) Secretary General Francis Atwoli are pushing for the postponement of the elections.
Atwoli argues that it would not be wise for the country to hold general elections before resolving problems that have plagued previous elections.
“If we can not get it (favorable judgment) then we will have to start it afresh. And we will also appeal through parliament to extend the elections by even one year until we get BBI,“ Atwoli said.