We’re back on the street Monday, CORD tells police

June 3, 2016 5:10 pm
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The protests are set to resume after the Jubilee Government failed to select a team for the proposed dialogue on the electoral reforms and other pertinent issues ahead of the 2017 elections/FILE
The protests are set to resume after the Jubilee Government failed to select a team for the proposed dialogue on the electoral reforms and other pertinent issues ahead of the 2017 elections/FILE

, NAIROBI, Kenya, Jun 3 – The Coalition for Reforms and Democracy (CORD) has written to the police giving notice of their intended Monday protest, as the ongoing IEBC stalemate continues.

The letter indicates that the demonstration” shall be peaceful to express displeasure and call for the overhaul of IEBC ahead of the next elections.”

Overview
  • The letter indicates that the demonstration" shall be peaceful to express displeasure and call for the overhaul of IEBC ahead of the next elections."
  • "The demonstration will be peaceful and to ensure orderly procession, the coalition has made arrangements for peace marshals who will guide and manage demonstrators," reads the notification authored by CORD Chief Executive Officer Norman Magaya.
  • Magaya has called on the police to ensure the demonstrations are peaceful by providing security to leaders and protestors.

“The demonstration will be peaceful and to ensure orderly procession, the coalition has made arrangements for peace marshals who will guide and manage demonstrators,” reads the notification authored by CORD Chief Executive Officer Norman Magaya.

Magaya has called on the police to ensure the demonstrations are peaceful by providing security to leaders and protestors.

The previous protests have all been marred by cases of violence with police using water cannon and teargas to disperse demonstrators.

The protests are set to resume after the Jubilee Government failed to select a team for the proposed dialogue on the electoral reforms and other pertinent issues ahead of the 2017 elections.

It was clear by Friday that the government was not ready to form the team, after President Uhuru Kenyatta categorically stated that the law must be followed in addressing the issues raised against the IEBC.

Speaking during the National Prayer Breakfast, President Kenyatta vowed to protect the Constitution as per the oath he took, when he was sworn as the leader of the country.

He said already the Constitution is clear on how the IEBC commissioners should be removed from office.

“God gave us a way forward when he helped us put a new Constitution in place. God has done his part, it is now for us Kenyans to do our part… it’s as simple as that let’s not bring God into this story. God has more important things to do for us as a country than help us sort this,” he said.

He said the law cannot be changed to suit the interests of a few individuals, in a thinly veiled attack to the opposition, who insist on dialogue on electoral reforms and other pertinent issues ahead of next year’s General election.

The CORD notification has been copied to Nairobi County Commander of Police Japheth Koome and Central OCPD Paul Wanjama.

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