Lamu, KENYA: Lamu women rep Shakilla Abdalla has called on the national government to ask the police to stop harassing Cord supporters during their protests to push for the disbandment of IEBC.
Speaking in Lamu on Monday,Shakilla said it was unlawful that police were still allowed to beat up and shoot at the peaceful protesters.
The MP said every mature democracy requires a strong opposition to keep the government of the day in check just like what Cord is doing with the national government.
She said there was no need for the government to try and stifle the opposition as that would only amount to dictatorship that cannot be tolerated in this era.
Shakilla said there was need for the opposition to be allowed to voice their concerns and reservations on IEBC and that the only way to stop the protests was for the government to give time for dialogue and have the matter resolved amicably instead of sending police out to harass them.
She said the opposition is the voice of wananchi and the government’s reluctant to listen to and dialogue with the opposition was only hurting Kenyans.
“Kenya doesn’t belong to the president or any other person for that matter.The interests of this nation must be respected and given the top priority,”said Shakilla.