NGOs urge CORD, Jubilee to drop hardline positions

June 3, 2016 4:14 pm
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This came as President Uhuru Kenyatta insisted that the Constitution must be followed in addressing the prevailing IEBC standoff a day after CORD appointed five legislators for possible negotiations with the government side/FILE
This came as President Uhuru Kenyatta insisted that the Constitution must be followed in addressing the prevailing IEBC standoff a day after CORD appointed five legislators for possible negotiations with the government side/FILE

, NAIROBI, Kenya, Jun 3- The National Council of Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) and Civil Society Organization has reiterated its call for national dialogue to prevail over the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) stalemate.

National Council of NGOs Chairman Stephen Cheboi has asked leaders to agree and come together to discuss the contentious issues.

Overview
  • National Council of NGOs Chairman Stephen Cheboi has asked leaders to agree and come together to discuss the contentious issues.
  • In a statement, Cheboi however called on CORD's leadership to continue suspending their planned demonstration against IEBC as it is not good for the stability of the country.
  • "We highly urge CORD leaders to dialogue as we call on Jubilee leadership to accept dialogue on the issue," Cheboi said.

In a statement, Cheboi however called on CORD’s leadership to continue suspending their planned demonstration against IEBC as it is not good for the stability of the country.

“We highly urge CORD leaders to dialogue as we call on Jubilee leadership to accept dialogue on the issue,” Cheboi said.

He has also called upon Kenyans to remain united.

This came as President Uhuru Kenyatta insisted that the Constitution must be followed in addressing the prevailing IEBC standoff a day after CORD appointed five legislators for possible negotiations with the government side.

Speaking during the National Prayers day on Friday, the President 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.

Opposition leaders led by Raila Odinga however cautioned that their weekly Monday protests will resume next week if the government fails to select a team that will spearhead the proposed dialogue on electoral reforms.

The NGOs promised to continue to playing their role in sensitising Kenyans on the importance of peace in the country.

To realize this, the NGOs are set to bring together over 1,200 stakeholders in national dialogue forum among them political parties and their leaders, to chat on issues of national interests that promote peace harmony among Kenyans.

Also to be invited include business leaders, diplomatic missions, religious leaders, youths and women.

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