CORD links Jubilee to anti-Raila demos by matatu operators


CORD links Jubilee to anti-Raila demos by matatu operators

The Coalition for Reforms and Democracy (CORD) has condemned Wednesday protests by a section of matatu operators at Raila Odinga’s Capitol Hill office in Nairobi’s Upper Hill area.

In a statement to media, ODM – through its Director of Communications Philip Etale – accused the protesters of invading Raila’s offices and harassing his staff.

“The ugly incident which began from Kayole in Eastlands to Upper Hill is not only unlawful and unconstitutional but also uncouth and an act of hooliganism,” read the statement in part.

“Invading Mr. Odinga’s office is a threat to his life. Only yesterday (Tuesday), a public service vehicle hit Mr. Odinga’s car right where he sits,” said Etale.

He accused Jubilee MPs of planning the demonstration saying their actions, which were organised under the pretense of protesting the burning of a motor vehicle during Monday’s anti-IEBC protest, were dishonorable, barbaric and archaic.

He said that they had evidence showing the vehicle was set ablaze by Jubilee supporters with the aim of portraying CORD as violent.

“Six people have so far been shot dead by police in Kisumu and Siaya and tens of others hospitalized with bullet wounds. The good government has not said anything. They are human beings and not worldly possessions.”

They accused the government of bias in the handling of protests saying the water cannons and teargas used during CORD’s protests was not used to stop Wednesday’s march, instead, they claimed, the police offered the protester protection.

“It is worth noting that the so called demonstrators who were in their thousands made a procession through major roads in the City, the CBD and ended up at Capitol Hill building which is a private property causing insurmountable destruction to property.”

“This happened barely a day after Interior Cabinet Secretary Joseph Nkaissery banned any form of demonstrations in the country.”

The coalition linked the demonstrations to acts of intimidation by Jubilee saying no amount of provocation or public pronouncements that have no constitutional bearing will stop them from pushing for dialogue on the IEBC.

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