Bifwoli Wakoli calls on Senators Wetangula, Khalwale to resign


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Former Bumula MP Bifwoli Wakoli. [Photo/Courtesy]

Former Bumula MP Bifwoli Wakoli has called on Bungoma Senator Moses Wetangula and his Kakamega Counterpart to step aside as a confirmation of their apparent distrust in the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC).

Speaking at the home of the late former minister Soita Shitanda, Bifwoli said it was hypocritical for the CORD legislators to push for the disbandment of IEBC over allegations of corruption yet it is the same commission that oversaw their election to Senate.

“It was us who failed in the last election that should be telling IEBC to vacate office, not those who managed to win the elections,” he said.

“If CORD legislators, including Senators Wetangula and Khalwale, claim that they have no faith in IEBC because it allegedly rigged Jubilee into power in 2013, they should also reign because it shows their election was also not free and fair.”

The debate on whether or not IEBC commissioners should vacate office has been on for months now with CORD resolving to hold weekly marches to IEBC offices at Anniversary Towers to force the commissioners out.

All their four attempts were however thwarted with police using teargas to disperse CORD leaders and their protesters.

CORD has however decided to suspend the weekly protests to give room for dialogue with their Jubilee counterparts on the way forward in regards to the reformation of the commission.

On Sunday, Jubilee seemed to soften its stand to have CORD channel their demands through the Justice and Legal Affairs Committee after Senate Majority Leader Kithure Kindiki said they are ready to hold the dialogue outside Parliament.

Kindiki said: “We have no problem with CORD’s calls for the removal of IEBC commissioners. What we are opposed to the use of protests to express their demands.”

“CORD should choose their team of negotiators and tell us where they want the meeting held and the agenda in relation to IEBC.”

CORD had given Jubilee until June 5, 2016 to commence the dialogue process, failure to which they would resume their weekly marches to IEBC offices at Anniversary Towers.

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