, NAIROBI, Kenya, May 11 – The Kenya Private Sector Alliance (KEPSA) is now calling on the CORD coalition to use legal means within the Constitution in calling for electoral reforms as opposed to weekly protests which hamper business and inconvenience the public.
KEPSA Chief Executive Carole Kariuki has cautioned against forceful eviction of IEBC commissioners contravenes the law and will set a bad precedent, after CORD leader Raila Odinga vowed to continue with protests every Monday.
“We need to ensure that problems are resolved using the right channels either through the legal channels as seen in the corporate world or by following constitutional guidelines which seeks to protect the Kenyan people from other interests,” she said.
CORD is planning more protests at IEBC offices on Monday next week even after similar demonstrations turned chaotic on Monday when police tear gassed the group in Nairobi and Kisumu.
“The private sector is willing to help and give remedies especially on systems, efficiency and technical issues. This can be done by leveraging on the capacity of companies that have proven to be effective and successful,” she stated.
She said Kenyans need to respect all institutions and seek to strengthen them.
“We need to identify issues be it individuals or systems in institutions and seek to have the right arms of our country’s governance correct these issues,” she added.
Anti-riot police on Monday used tear gas and water canon to disperse CORD supporters after they started hurling stones immediately after an address by their leaders, led by Raila Odinga.
Odinga, his co-principals Kalonzo Musyoka and Senator Moses Wetangula got into their vehicles and left just as teargas filled the air.
ODM Chairman John Mbadi led the supporters towards the IEBC offices in an attempt to forcefully enter the building before it turned chaotic.
A section of journalists covering the protest were not spared from the wrath of the anti-riot police either.