Lamu CORD Anti-IEBC demos flop after county leaders fail to show up

Lamu CORD Anti-IEBC demos flop after county leaders fail to show up

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Lamu, KENYA: The  ongoing anti-IEBC demonstrations  failed to take place in Lamu again even as they took place in most counties including Nairobi,Kisumu,Kakamega and Mombasa.

A small group of Cord supporters who turned up for the demos in Lamu town, were forced to go back to their houses after the county officials who were expected to lead them in the same failed to turn up.

County Cord reps who spoke to the media appeared to differ on the manner in which the demos are to held and whether they were relevant at all in addressing the matter at hand.

County deputy speaker of ODM Azhar Mbaraka said there was no need for people to run around the streets all the time in the name of pushing for a particular agenda.

He criticized the strategy being employed by Cord in the anti-IEBC campaign as unwarranted and one that wouldn’t resolve the situation.

He appealed to Cord to get off the streets and give dialogue a chance.

“There is need for the rule of law to prevail.I think a lot can be achieved if Cord stops this protests and then maybe the government can agree to dialogue.What they are doing isn’t right all,” said Mbarak.

He swore to ensure Lamu Cord supporters don’t participate in the demos until Cord resorts to a more meaningful and peaceful manner of addressing the whole matter.

“I cant partake of the protests because I don’t see how they will address the issue at hand.Let them call me a traitor if they want for my stand on this but Cord should stop what they are doing after all its not working,”he added.

County Cord coordinator Zahara Shee refused to pick our calls when contacted.

Security in Lamu was heightened with armed police ready to tackle any arising situation.

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This is the fourth time Lamu has missed out on the Cord demos seeking to push for the disbandment of the current IEBC in order to enable for a credible election in 2017.