CORD principals move to court over torched vehicle case


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CORD principals Raila Odinga, Kalonzo Musyoka and Moses Wetangula have moved to court to object a case where they are accused of being responsible for the torching of a vehicle belonging to Agnes Wacera Macharia.

In the petition, Macharia and Prime Trancity Sacco Ltd are seeking damages from the coalition principals for her vehicle which was reportedly torched along Juja Road during CORD’s last protest against the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) two weeks ago.

The principals have questioned the jurisdiction of the court in hearing the matter saying it amounts to defection and abuse of the court process.

The defense termed the matter a criminal offense which attracts criminal consequences calling on the court to hold individuals who executed the act responsible, instead of imposing blanket judgment on the coalition leaders.

The CORD principals further stated that the responsibility of maintaining law and order of any individual or property during picketing lies with the police, calling for the dismissal of the petition.

The High Court has however dismissed CORD principals’ objection with Judge Joseph Onguto ruling that the court has jurisdiction to hear matters where there is violation of Constitutional rights.

Onguto further ruled that the preliminary objection raised by CORD leaders Raila Odinga, Moses Wetangula and Kalonzo Musyoka lacked merit.

The matter will be heard on June 29, 2016.

The incident had caused uproar, with matatu operators marching to CORD’s headquarters at Capitol Hill where they dumped the torched vehicle.

The scene turned ugly after supporters of CORD and the operators clashed forcing police to use teargas to disperse them.

CORD has linked a section of Jubilee legislators to the anti-Raila protest.

Additional Reporting by Dzuya Walter

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