, NAIROBI, Kenya, Jun 11 – President Uhuru Kenyatta was to visit Kitui county on Saturday in the second leg of his tour of the Lower Eastern region.
On Friday President Kenyatta and his deputy William Ruto were in Machakos county where they launched the upgrading of the Tala-Ol Donyo Sabuk-Kilimambogo road to Bitumen Standard, inspected the progress of rehabilitation works at the Yatta Canal and commissioned a water project in Masinga where they also addressed residents.
In their addresses to area residents, the heads of state said that while the Coalition for Reforms and Democracy was free to hold protests, they and their supporters were not free to infringe on the rights of others.
“If you want to keep protesting go ahead but we will not allow destruction of property. If you have nothing better to do and want to walk down a road go ahead. If you want to lie down in Uhuru Park you are free to do so but what do you expect will happen when you throw stones at police officers? It is akin to disturbing a bee hive,” President Kenyatta said.
The Deputy President on the other hand questioned the true motive of the protests given CORD maintained that they will go ahead even after the ruling coalition acceded to their demand for dialogue.
“CORD should make up their minds. They asked for dialogue now they aren’t interested.”
CORD on the other hand insists that it is committed to dialogue and would go ahead to call off the protests once a few, “sticking points,” were addressed.
“These engagements have not collapsed. From our standpoint we believe that seventy percent of sticking points have been agreed upon,” Siaya Senator James Orengo said in response to the Deputy President at a press briefing on Friday evening.
Meanwhile, on the sidelines of the Presidential tour of Ukambani, the Wiper Democratic Movement insists that it has not been undermined by its more dominant coalition partner, the Orange Democratic Movement in the talks on the future of the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission.
CORD has been holding protests every Monday for the past five weeks to push for a change of guard at the IEBC which it insists it has no confidence will be an impartial referee come the 2017 polls.