Police outlaw CORD protest against electoral chiefs

May 23, 2016 8:56 am
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Anti riot police have been mobilised in major towns to contain any mass activity by CORD seeking to remove IEBC commissioners from office/FILE
Anti riot police have been mobilised in major towns to contain any mass activity by CORD seeking to remove IEBC commissioners from office/FILE

, NAIROBI, Kenya, May 23 – Police say Monday’s planned demonstrations by CORD against commissioners of the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) will not be allowed, as no notification was given as required by law.

They have warned against any protests either in favour of or against the Commission in any part of the country.

Overview
  • CORD has vowed to go on with the demonstrations to remove IEBC Commissioners from office
  • The government maintains that the polls officials can only be removed through Constitutional means
  • Religious leaders have also urged CORD to use the existing laws to push for changes at IEBC

The police denied claims by Senator James Orengo of having reported to authorities plans by hooligans to infiltrate their protests.

Anti riot police have been mobilised in major towns to contain any mass activity by CORD seeking to remove IEBC commissioners from office.

According to Nairobi Police Boss Japheth Koome, the anti-riot officers have been told to ask those assembling to protest to leave the precincts of the IEBC offices.

Police are on the spotlight over the brutality they exhibited during similar protests last week.

Several water cannon have also been dispatched to major hotspots to help in quelling any protests.

CORD Coalition Management Board Co-Chair Johnson Muthama had stated that the demonstrations will only be called off after all IEBC Commissioners vacate office.

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