Lamu elders call for dialogue between President Uhuru and CORD over IEBC...

Lamu elders call for dialogue between President Uhuru and CORD over IEBC protests

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CORD demonstrations in Nairobi. PHOTO: COURTESY.

Lamu, KENYA: Lamu Muslim elders have called on CORD supporters and the national government to sit together and dialogue over the stalemate facing the electoral body IEBC.

Led by their spokesperson Shariff Kambaa,the elders said the tactics being employed by both Cord and the national government to oversee changes in the IEBC were only hurting the country and innocent Kenyans.

Speaking in Lamu on Tuesday,the elders said there was need for the two sides to seek a common ground on the matter in order to ensure a free and fair election come 2017.

The elders have also condemned police brutality against cord protesters where police were clearly seen mistreating porters terming it inhumane.

They however said the incidents were as a result of failure by CORD and the national government to peacefully address the IEBC matter amicably.

“There is really no need for the protests.But even then what police did isn’t human at all and we condemn that.But that wouldn’t have been if these two sides would have sought to sit down and talk about the matter.

“It’s the innocent Kenyans who are suffering. We want Cord and Jubilee to dialogue over these and put a stop to all these fracas,”said Kambaa.

The elders commended CORD leader Raila Odinga on his move to write to president Uhuru Kenyatta seeking dialogue on the matter and called on the head of state meet up with the opposition leaders and draft a way forward on the matter; for the good of the Kenyans.

“Each side should do this with Kenyans at heart otherwise all the effort will be futile.Let them do something that will work to ensure Kenyans will have confidence in the IEBC and the 2017 general election results.”said Kambaa.

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They called on the president to take stern action against police officers who were caught beating up cord protesters.

“As a non-partisan head of state, let him not look at the victims as CORD supporters but as Kenyans whom he serves and let him do something about it,”said Abdulla Shariff.