Court lifts CORD leaders’ liability but no mass action

July 7, 2014 11:53 am
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Security was tight at Uhuru Park, the venue of the Saba Saba rally. Photo/JOSEPH MURAYA
Security was tight at Uhuru Park, the venue of the Saba Saba rally. Photo/JOSEPH MURAYA

, NAIROBI, Kenya, July 7 – The High Court has lifted an order requiring CORD leaders to take personal liability for any chaos during Monday’s Saba Saba rally.

The temporary reprieve by Justice Isaac Lenaola to Raila Odinga, Kalonzo Musyoka and Moses Wetangula will remain in force for the next 24 hours.

The judge however maintained that there will be no calls for mass action.

Last week, CORD agreed to abide by Lenaola’s order against mass action and taking personal liability for any violence and damage to property, but its lawyers were back in court on Monday morning seeking a reversal of the directive.

As CORD was in court, anti-riot officers deployed to provide security at Uhuru Park were forced to lob teargas at a section of the crowd that was hurling stoned at them.

This followed accusations that some of the youths had been arrested, but police insisted they have not detained anyone at the venue of the rally.

In Kisumu, rowdy youths lit bonfires on major roads but there was a heavy security presence to avert any chaos.

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