CORD opts countrywide protests if President Kenyatta doesn’t intervene over IEBC

CORD opts countrywide protests if President Kenyatta doesn’t intervene over IEBC

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CORD leaders leading demonstration outside the IEBC offices in Nairobi. PHOTO:COURTESY.

Nairobi, KENYA: CORD on Tuesday wrote to President Kenyatta seeking talks on independent and commission commissioners’ ouster stand off, as it vowed to extend its protests country wide if the commissioners would not leave office .

In a media briefing in Nairobi CORD principal Raila Odinga said that the aim of the letter is to  seek  a truce on the matter  which will encompass all  stake holders so as to spearhead electoral  reforms of the body.

“We are  ready for dialogue ,we  have said that several times,  a letter is going to go to the president today asking him for dialogue ,this is not something that will  be done in an opaque manner .”Odinga said.

“We are very open we want to seek dialogue initiatives so that agreement is reached which can give this country  peaceful elections ,we don’t want a repeat of 2007 scenarios.Mr president please don’t take us there.”He reiterated

Odinga pointed out that if amicable solution on the disbandment of IEBC will not be met  then  CORD will stage country wide anti IEBC protests to pressurize the commissioners to vacate office.

Raila defended the protests against the IEBC terming them as a legitimate way of ousting the commissioners after all avenues hit a snag.

“One of our officials Wafula Buke did take a petition to parliament demanding for dissolution of IEBC ,that matter was debated in parliament and Jubilee with the so called tyranny of numbers shot it down, ” he said.

He also turned the heat on the police whom he said used excessive force on demonstrators accusing them of using live bullets .

Separately Jubilee affiliated party TNA  expressed its disappointment over CORD’s continual protests against IEBC urging it to use legal means to oust the commissioners.

In a press briefing in Nairobi on Teusday TNA chair Onyango Oloo said  that it is improper for CORD to take such decision warning that Jubilee will use what it takes to counter CORD including courts.

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“We will call our supporters if it is a show of mighty, we show them that we did not beat them but we have large numbers to mount big demonstrations and we are not calling for breach of law “Oloo said .