Pres. Uhuru yields to CORD’s demands; calls for joint committee to solve...

Pres. Uhuru yields to CORD’s demands; calls for joint committee to solve IEBC crisis

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President Uhuru Kenyatta addressing the nation at state house at a previous adress. He has called for the formation of a Joint Select Committee from both houses of Parliament that would be mandated to exclusively deal with the matter of IEBC. PHOTO: COURTESY.

Nairobi, KENYA: President Kenyatta on Wednesday called for the formation of a Joint Select Committee from both houses of Parliament that would be mandated to exclusively deal with the matter of Independent Electoral Boundary Commission IEBC.

In a media briefing with journalists at State House Nairobi, President Uhuru invited all stakeholders, public and private to be presented an opportunity to make submissions to the joint select committee, which would be in accordance with the Constitution.

“As the leader of Jubilee, I have convened a meeting of the Parliamentary Group tomorrow morning to agree on the membership and Jubilee’s participation in the joint select committee,” advised Kenyatta.

The president continued that he reached this resolution after consultation with religious leaders drawn from most faiths in the country and the two speakers Hon. Justin Muturi of the National Assembly and Hon. Ekwe Ethuro of the Senate.

“I still stand that dialogue is the way to go if only it is done constitutionally,” added President Kenyatta.

This comes at a time when opposition CORD coalition is advocating for expulsion of IEBC commissioners with the coalition bringing allegations that the electoral body is liaising with Jubilee to rig the upcoming 2017 polls.

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There have been weekly protests happening on Monday with the opposition threatening to scale up the demonstrations to twice a week.

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