Nairobi, KENYA: Cord leaders have threatened to up scale their weekly demonstrations into two days per week in a bid to mount pressure to Independent electoral commission officials (IEBC) to vacate office.
In a press briefing in Nairobi,CORD officials Johnstone Muthama and James Orengo gave a two week ultimatum for the government to act on their demands failure to which CORD fraternity will scale its countrywide strike from one day to two days per week,due on Monday and Thursdays.
“We are telling Jubilee government if you don’t accept dialogue ,we have been doing this on Mondays we are going to do this Monday and Thursday, we will give them another two weeks if they don’t respond positively we are going to do this four days a week.”Muthama said
The opposition insisted that the push will gain momentum until the Jubilee administration gives talks a chance.
“We can assure you that these demonstrations are not going to stop until Jubilee government accept dialogue ,we are saying let the dialogue begin and as soon as dialogue begins we will stop these demonstrations. “Orengo said.
Orengo appealed to CORD supporters to maintain peace in their demonstrations, further urging the police to offer security during their demonstrations.
Cord Official Eseli simiyu also moved to deny claims by Nairobi Police Boss Japheth Koome that protesters planned to use grenades in today’s demos that were expected to begin at Uhuru Park, through Moi Avenue then to Anniversary Towers before going back to Uhuru Park.
“Like what one of the police spokesman was saying ,that we even have grenades, if indeed we had grenades ,why didn’t they come and arrest whoever who had grenades.”Eseli said
Addressing his supporters at Uhuru Park CORD principal Raila Odinga maintained that protests will go on countywide until IEBC is reconstituted.
“Iebc sent people to me so that we can talk ,I cant do that because time has already gone.”Raila said
Meanwhile, earlier in the day shops and some schools were closed in Kibera after protesters attempted to march to the city center .
The demonstration within the city center was peaceful as protesters together with their leaders marched along University way where IEBC offices are located without any address or ugly incident .