Cord issues two-week ultimatum over IEBC impasse

Cord leaders

Cord leaders have issued a two-week ultimatum to the Jubilee Government to initiate dialogue over the IEBC impasse, failure to which they will schedule demonstrations for Monday and Thursday and after that every day of the week until they do so.

Speaking during a presser at Capital Hill, co-chairman of the CORD Management Committee, Senator James Orengo, appealed to CORD supporters to maintain peace in their demonstrations, further urging the police to offer security during their demonstrations.

Cord leaders

Also present was co-chair Johnstone Muthama who assured that protesters will not storm IEBC offices, but insisted that the protests will continue until IEBC is reconstituted.

Co-chair Eseli simiyu also moved to deny claims by Nairobi Police Boss Japheth Koome that protesters planned to use grenades in today’s demos that are expected to begin at Uhuru Park, through Moi Avenue then to Anniversary Towers before going back to Uhuru Park.

Earlier today (Monday), violence was reported along Thika road and in Kibera as Cord supporters attempted to march to the IEBC headquarters located at the City Centre.

Elsewhere, violence also erupted in Kisumu, Homa Bay and Migori counties with at least one vehicle and several motorbikes reportedly torched.

In Kisumu, supporters are reported to have also blocked and lit bonfires along Oginga Odinga road.

Calm is however being reported in many other parts of the country including Mombasa, Nakuru, Eldoret, Kakamega, Bungoma and many other towns.

IEBC headquarters remain largely peaceful with heavy police presence.

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Story By Wangui Ngechu
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