SUPKEM supports CORD bid for dialogue over IEBC stand off

SUPKEM supports CORD bid for dialogue over IEBC stand off

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National Chairperson SUPKEM Prof. Abdulghafur EL Busaidy (centre) addressing the press together with Coast Region SUPKEM chair Sharrif Mukhdhar (left) and SUPKEM Changamwe chairperson Issa Mohhamed (right) . PHOTO/ FILE.

Mombasa, KENYA: The Supreme Council of Kenya Muslims (SUPKEM) have called upon the government together with the opposition to embrace dialogue; so as to resolve matters touching on IEBC before 2017.

Speaking during a press briefing on Thursday in Mombasa, SUPKEM national chairperson Abdulghafur El Busaidy said dialogue is very important so as to establish trust in all the electoral process.

“We are very sure that if people seat together and follow what the law and constitution dictates, a solution will be found, if we continue politicizing this we will fuel anxiety and discord among citizens,” said Busaidy.

The council however condemned acts  which they termed as appearing to incite masses to violence and more so against the constitutional organs.

This comes when Coalition For reforms and Democracy (CORD) have been staging demonstrations at the IEBC offices in Nairobi, wanting the removal of the commissioners from office.

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A move that has always been met with police using teargas to dismiss the CORD officials together with their supporters in the last two attempts.

CORD principal Raila Odinga on Tuesday wrote to President Kenyatta  seeking talks on IEBC commissioners ouster stand of, vowing to continue with demonstrations if request is not considered.

Deputy President William Ruto Speaking on Wednesday, said he is ready and willing to engage the opposition in dialogue over the matter saying mass action will not help solve the matter.

“We are ready and willing to talk to engage in talks. We cannot resolve our problems through threats and intimidation.” Said Ruto.